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Do Firms sell forward for Strategic Reasons? An Application to the Wholesale Market for Natural Gas

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  • Remco van Eijkel

    (Dept. of Economics, Econometrics and Finance, University of Groningen)

  • Jose Luis Moraga

    (ICREA, IESE Business School, and University of Groningen)

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    Building on a model of the interaction of risk-averse frms that compete in forward and spot markets, we develop an empirical strategy to test whether oligopolistic frms use forward contracts for strategic motives, for risk-hedging, or for both. An increase in the number of players weakens the incentives to sell forward for risk-hedging reasons.However, if strategic motives are also relevant, then an increase in the number of players strengthens the incentives to sell forward. This difference provides the analyst with a way to identify whether strategic considerations are important at motivating frms to sell forward. Using data from the Dutch wholesale market for natural gas where we observe the number of players, spot and forward sales, and churn rates, we find evidence that strategic reasons play an important role at explaining the observed firms' (inverse) hedge ratios. In addition, the data lend support to the existence of a learning effect by wholesalers.

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    Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 10-058/1.

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    Date of creation: 10 Jun 2010
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    Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:20100058

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    Keywords: market power; risk-hedging; forward contracts; spot market; over-thecounter trade; market transparency; churn rates;

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    1. Silvester Van Koten & Andreas Ortmann, 2011. "Structural versus Behavioral Remedies in the Deregulation of Electricity Markets: An Experimental Investigation Guided by Theory and Policy Concerns," CERGE-EI Working Papers wp437, The Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economic Institute, Prague.

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