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On stockpiling natural resources

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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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  • Mason, Charles F., 2011. "On stockpiling natural resources," Resource and Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 33(2), pages 398-409, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:resene:v:33:y:2011:i:2:p:398-409
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    1. Zhang, Kuangyuan & Kleit, Andrew N., 2016. "Mining rate optimization considering the stockpiling: A theoretical economics and real option model," Resources Policy, Elsevier, vol. 47(C), pages 87-94.
    2. Hochman, Gal & Zilberman, David, 2015. "The political economy of OPEC," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 48(C), pages 203-216.
    3. Keisaku Higashida & Yasuhiro Takarada, 2012. "Does the Acquisition of Mines Benefit Resource-Importing Countries?," Discussion Paper Series 86, School of Economics, Kwansei Gakuin University, revised Mar 2012.

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