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Biofuels and Market Power - The Case of Swedish District Heating Plants

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  • Sjöström, Magnus

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    This paper tests for market power on the market for biofuels, employing a statistical model and making use of the idea of Granger causality. We use a panel data set of plant specific input prices and quantities of wood chip covering 91 Swedish district heating plants 1990-1996. If quantity Granger causes price, it is taken as an indication of market power. We find that the Swedish district heating plants to some degree have market power in the market for wood chips.

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    Paper provided by Umeå University, Department of Economics in its series Umeå Economic Studies with number 634.

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    Length: 14 pages
    Date of creation: 11 May 2004
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:umnees:0634

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    Keywords: market power; Granger causality; VAR; biofuel; district heating;

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    1. Ankarhem, Mattias, 2005. "Effects of Increased Demand for Biofuels: A Dynamic Model of the Swedish Forest Sector," UmeÃ¥ Economic Studies 658, Umeå University, Department of Economics.
    2. Ankarhem, Mattias, 2005. "Bioenergy, Pollution, and Economic Growth," UmeÃ¥ Economic Studies 661, Umeå University, Department of Economics.

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