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On stockpiling natural resources

  • Mason, Charles F.

Persistent and significant privately held stockpiles of minerals have long been an important empirical regularity in the United States. Such stockpiles would not rationally be held in a traditional Hotelling-style model, though firms could be willing to hold inventories if extraction costs are stock-dependent. More plausibly, if prices are stochastic, and sufficiently volatile, firms have an incentive to hold inventories to smooth production over time.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Resource and Energy Economics.

Volume (Year): 33 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 398-409

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Handle: RePEc:eee:resene:v:33:y:2011:i:2:p:398-409
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