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Strategic resource dependence

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  • Gerlagh, Reyer
  • Liski, Matti

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We consider a situation where an exhaustible-resource seller faces demand from a buyer who has a substitute but there is a time-to-build delay for the substitute. We find that in this simple framework the basic implications of the Hotelling model (1931) are reversed: over time the stock declines but supplies increase up to the point where the buyer decides to switch. Under such a threat of demand change, the supply does not reflect the current resource scarcity but it compensates the buyer for delaying the transition to the substitute. The analysis suggests a perspective on costs of oil dependence.

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  • Gerlagh, Reyer & Liski, Matti, 2011. "Strategic resource dependence," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 146(2), pages 699-727, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jetheo:v:146:y:2011:i:2:p:699-727
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    Dynamic bilateral monopoly Markov-perfect equilibrium Depletable resources Energy Alternative fuels Oil dependence;

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    • D4 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design
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