Mr. Mohammed Shameem P, PhD scholar working with Dr.Krishna Reddy Chittedi, School of Economics, presented the paper titled “Public infrastructure development and energy consumption: A study on the Indian transport sector” (Mohammed Shameem  and Dr.Krishna Reddy Chitted)  at 9th Singapore Economic Review Conference organized by Nanyang Technological University, in association with Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and Monetary Authority of Singapore, held from 1 to 3 August (inclusive) at the Hilton Orchard Singapore.

Mohammed Shameem P

The biennial conference hosted renowned scholars from around the world including Barry Eichengreen (University of California, Berkeley), Daniel Houser (George Mason University), Danny Quah (National University of Singapore), Michael Plummer (Johns Hopkins University), Cheng Hsiao (University of Southern California),Takatoshi Ito (Columbia University). Eminent scholars from India including Prof. Partha Sen; Delhi School of Economics, Dr. Bornali Bhandari, National Council of Applied Economic Research, Dr. Rajeswari Sengupta, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research presented their paper at the conference.

The paper proposes the integration of the energy consumption perspective into the domain of literature on public spending. The study performed an appraisal of the impact of public spending in transport infrastructure, the performance of transport infrastructure, and economic growth on energy consumption of the transport sector in India for the period 1987 to 2019. The inference of positive impact of economic growth and performance of transport infrastructure on energy consumption indicates demand-driven factors significant whereas higher spending in transport infrastructure is found to abate the energy use.

Authors thanked IoE, UoH for the  financial assistance to attend the conference.