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Essays in Energy and Environmental Economics

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dc.contributor.advisor McKitrick, Ross
dc.contributor.author Aliakbari, Elmira
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-11T17:05:05Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-11T17:05:05Z
dc.date.copyright 2016-05
dc.date.created 2016-04-27
dc.date.issued 2016-05-11
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/9661
dc.description.abstract This dissertation consists of three essays in Energy and Environmental Economics. In the first chapter, an empirical analysis is employed to examine the relationship between energy consumption and economic output in Canada. Using provincial-level Canadian records, this chapter shows that there is a long run equilibrium relationship and a bi-directional Granger causality between energy consumption and economic growth in Canada. These finding have important implications for public policy because they show that constraints on energy consumption may impact future economic growth. In the second chapter, event study methodology and Canadian stock market data are used to assess the impact of seven recent event/announcements regarding the pipelines approval process on the equity returns of energy-related firms. This chapter shows that there is no market reaction (on average) to any of the news events, which implies two possible scenarios: either the market fully anticipated the events and they did not contain any significant new information or these events did not change investor's expectation regarding future profitability and cash flow of Canadian energy firms. In the third chapter, we use a prediction market mechanism to examine the possibility of using derivatives trading as a means of generating objective forecasts of future climate change and the value of marginal damages. This chapter shows that such a market can yield unbiased estimates of the true future climate state. Also, we find that the level of consensus about climate science strongly influences the efficiency with which market uses available information. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Dr. Ross McKitrick and the Fraser institute en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ca/ *
dc.subject Granger causality en_US
dc.subject Error correction model en_US
dc.subject Event study en_US
dc.subject Prediction market en_US
dc.subject Climate change en_US
dc.subject Canadian energy firms en_US
dc.subject energy consumption en_US
dc.title Essays in Energy and Environmental Economics en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Economics en_US
dc.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Economics and Finance en_US
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