Could the U.S. Energy Sector Become New Engine For Growth?


  • Edward K. Zajicek Winston-Salem State University
  • Nikolaos Karagiannis Winston-Salem State University
  • Thomas Wilhoit Wake Forest Baptist Hospital


The intent of this paper is to discuss the U.S. energy sector in the context of economic growth, employment conditions, manufacturing competitiveness, and trade deficits. The paper carefully examines how utilization of domestic energy resources can strengthen the United States economic position in both domestic and foreign markets. Consideration is given to expanding the use of domestic energy resources to improve competitiveness in the global goods market and reduce dependency on foreign oil. In particular, the sections of the paper discuss: the current U.S. macroeconomic situation with an emphasis on economic growth and labor market; domestic oil and gas production; energy security; institutional arrangements necessary to deliver reliable U.S. energy resources to domestic and foreign markets; and policy considerations deemed necessary to boost energy growth.

Keywords: Economic growth, Energy consumption, Energy production, development policy

JEL Classifications: O; Q


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Author Biographies

Edward K. Zajicek, Winston-Salem State University

Associate Professor of EconomicsDepartment of Economics & Finance

Nikolaos Karagiannis, Winston-Salem State University

Professor of EconomicsDepartment of Economics & Finance

Thomas Wilhoit, Wake Forest Baptist Hospital

Engineering Department




How to Cite

Zajicek, E. K., Karagiannis, N., & Wilhoit, T. (2016). Could the U.S. Energy Sector Become New Engine For Growth?. International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy, 6(1), 113–119. Retrieved from