Impact of Information and Communication Technologies on Energy Consumption and Economic Growth: An Empirical Assessment for China


  • Yuanyuan Wang School of Management, Huazhong Agricultural University, China
  • Yucheng He School of Management, Huazhong Agricultural University
  • Shoaib Ahmed ISRA University Hyderabad, Pakistan



ICT, Energy consumption, Economic growth, QARDL, China


Regarding the association between information and communication technology (ICT) and economic growth and energy consumption, particularly in developing economies, there is a great deal of controversy and a lack of empirical study. This study applies Quantile Autoregressive Distributed Lag Model (QARDL) approach to empirically probe into the effect of ICT on energy consumption and economic growth in China. Two corresponding models for energy consumption and economic growth are formulated and the data of all of the variables spanning over 1995-2021 period is taken from different secondary sources. The findings of the study reveal significant and positive impact of ICT on economic growth at all quantiles in the short and long run. Similarly ICT has significant and positive impact on energy consumption also at all quantiles. The Quantile Granger Causality test provides evidence for bidirectional causality between ICT and economic growth and ICT and energy consumption. Wald test proved the presence of and symmetric and linear association between ICT and economic growth and ICT and energy consumption at quantiles in the long and short run both. In the light of these findings, the study recommends the Chinese government and investors to have more investment in energy efficient ICT products that consume less energy and help increase in economic growth in China.

Author Biographies

Yuanyuan Wang, School of Management, Huazhong Agricultural University, China

Yuanyuan Wang, a dedicated PhD candidate at Huazhong Agricultural University's School of Economics and Management in China, focuses her research on the management of small and medium-sized enterprises in rural areas. Her interests span the agri-food supply chain, industrial organization, and behavior analysis, highlighting her commitment to understanding and improving the efficiency and sustainability of rural enterprises. Through her work, Wang aims to contribute valuable insights into optimizing agricultural supply chains and enhancing the economic viability of rural businesses, with a keen eye on the behavioral aspects influencing organizational success.

Yucheng He, School of Management, Huazhong Agricultural University

Yucheng He, a distinguished professor at Huazhong Agricultural University, specializes in enterprise strategic management, business models, industrial organization, and agricultural economic management. His extensive research output, including 68 papers published in both SCI(SSCI) journals and domestic journals, underscores his significant contributions to the field. Through his work, He Yucheng aims to advance the understanding of strategic frameworks and models that drive the success and sustainability of businesses in the agricultural sector and beyond, positioning him as a leading figure in the intersection of business strategy and agricultural economics.

Shoaib Ahmed, ISRA University Hyderabad, Pakistan

Shoaib Ahmed, Dr., serving as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Development Economics at ISRA University Hyderabad, Sindh, Pakistan, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in regional rural development, holding a PhD from Anhui Agricultural University, China. With over five years of research experience in various development projects and approximately four years of teaching and research guidance, Dr. Ahmed specializes in leveraging his expertise to foster sustainable development and economic growth in rural areas. His academic and professional journey underscores a commitment to understanding and addressing the complexities of rural development, aiming to impact positively on communities through education and research.

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