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On the Peaking of Consumption with Exhaustible Resources and Zero Net Investment

  • John Hartwick
  • Ngo Van Long
  • Huilan Tian

We investigate an intertemporal model with an exhaustible resource inflowwhich exhibits a single peak in consumption on the path of development. Thepeak follows the date at which net investment is zero. The ``top'' ofconsumption is higher and flatter and peaks later when the discount rate islower. ``Low'' endowments of the exhaustible resource stock (and ``high''discount rates) are associated with strictly declining consumption paths. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003

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Article provided by European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists in its journal Environmental and Resource Economics.

Volume (Year): 24 (2003)
Issue (Month): 3 (March)
Pages: 235-244

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Handle: RePEc:kap:enreec:v:24:y:2003:i:3:p:235-244
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