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The 2012 Lawrence R. Klein Lecture: Bubbles In Prices Of Exhaustible Resources

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This article proposes a test for the presence of a bubble in the price of an exhaustible resource. A bubble is accompanied by a rise in the storage‐to‐consumption ratio: Consumption peters out, and a fraction of the original stock is held forever. The test suggests there is a bubble in the price of oil and in the market for high‐end Bordeaux wines, but other explanations are also possible. A bubble reduces welfare regardless of whether there are other stores of value, particularly fiat money.

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  • Boyan Jovanovic, 2013. "The 2012 Lawrence R. Klein Lecture: Bubbles In Prices Of Exhaustible Resources," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 54(1), pages 1-34, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:iecrev:v:54:y:2013:i:1:p:1-34
    DOI: 10.1111/iere.12000
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