CEPAL Review

Cepal Review is the leading journal for the study of economic and social development issues in Latin America and the Caribbean. Edited by the Economic Commission for Latin America, each issue focuses on economic trends, industrialization, income distribution, technological development and monetary systems, as well as the implementation of economic reform and transfer of technology. Written in English and Spanish (Revista de la Cepal), each tri-annual issue offers approximately 12 studies and essays undertaken by authoritative experts or gathered from conference proceedings.

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The dynamics of industrial energy consumption in Latin America and their implications for sustainable development

This article analyses the relationship between energy consumption in industry and industrial productivity and the implications of this for sustainable development. To this end, it presents a matrix characterizing economies as: (i) converging or diverging in terms of energy consumption per unit of value added, and (ii) catching up with or falling further behind the productivity level of the international frontier (the United States). On the basis of data from the industrial surveys of four Latin American countries (Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico), it concludes that the region’s evident specialization in natural resource-intensive sectors has contributed to a pattern of high energy consumption and slow productivity growth, and that while there is no productive convergence, there is evidence of energy sustainability in three of the four countries analysed.

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