The role of energy in economic growth

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June 7, 2020 - 11:20am

Critical Commentary

In this article, Nate Hagens gives an overview of the paper written by David I. Stern, energy and environmental economist working on the role of energy in the economy and the drivers and mitigation of climate change and a professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. Stern’s original paper is available in  

This paper is written in a very simple language. I have always been wary about economics, so I am a little wary about reading articles written by economists. But this topic was relevant for my research and the simple language of this report was very appealing to me. Stern attempts to answer these two questions in his research: Is energy an important driver for growth and development and if so, what factors affect the strength of the relationship between energy and growth.


Hagens, Nate, (2011, October). Peer Review Article, Oil Drum. Retrieved on May 24, 2020 from



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Nate Hagens and David I. Stern, "The role of energy in economic growth", contributed by Lopamudra Bhattacharyya, The Energy Rights Project, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 7 June 2020, accessed 1 March 2024.