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Toward the integration of European natural gas markets:A time-varying approach

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  • Renou-Maissant, Patricia
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    Over the past fifteen years, European gas markets have radically changed. In order to build a single European gas market, a new regulatory framework has been established through three European Gas Directives. The purpose of this article is to investigate the impact of the reforms in the natural gas industry on consumer prices, with a specific focus on gas prices for industrial use. The strength of the relationship between the industrial gas prices of six western European countries is studied by testing the Law of One Price for the period 1991–2009. Estimations were carried out using both cointegration analysis and time-varying parameter models. Results highlight an emerging and on-going process of convergence between the industrial gas prices in western Europe since 2001 for the six EU member states. The strength and the level of convergence differ widely between countries. Strong integration of gas markets in continental Europe, except for the Belgian market, has been established. It appears that the convergence process between continental countries and the UK is not completed. Thus, the integration of European gas markets remains an open issue and the question of how far integration will proceed will still be widely discussed in the coming years.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Energy Policy.

    Volume (Year): 51 (2012)
    Issue (Month): C ()
    Pages: 779-790

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:enepol:v:51:y:2012:i:c:p:779-790
    DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2012.09.027
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