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The economics of natural resources: Understanding and predicting the evolution of supply and demand

  • Hart, Rob

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    (Department of Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)

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We develop a dynamic model of prices and quantities of non-renewable resources, carefully justifying our assumptions. Resource stocks are inhomogeneous, and there is endogenous directed technological change both in extraction and final-good production. The model explains stylized facts while simultaneously providing a framework for prediction; it yields analytical results in the baseline case, and may be developed to make empirical predictions about real resources. In the baseline case the economy passes through a series of phases: initially resource consumption is low; as technology improves, resource consumption rises and real resource price is constant; in the long run there is a transition to a b.g.p. on which resource consumption is constant and resource price tracks the wage.

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Paper provided by Department Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in its series Working Paper Series with number 2012:01.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 04 May 2012
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:slueko:2012_001
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