Oil is an important production resource in China’s economic growth. China has been a net-oil import country since 1993. Relying on oil imports brings risks to China’s economic growth and national security. This paper seeks to apply theory, previous literature and empirical methods to examine oil import risks’ influences on China’s economic growth. Using the growth model and data from 1986 to 2012, the results indicate that risk factors do not have direct impacts on China’s economic growth. However, some risk factors have significant impacts on China’s total petroleum consumption; and petroleum consumption has positive influences on economic growth. In other words, risk factors have indirect impacts on China’s economic growth through petroleum consumption. It is important for China to maintain oil imports and China is adopting more strategies to reduce oil import risks.


Burnell, James




International Economics

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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