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Trends in Natural Resource Commodity Prices in Australia

  • Gangadharan, L.
  • Maitra, P.

In this paper we examine the trends in the prices of natural resource commodities in Australia. The existing literature predicts rising prices for minerals, indicative of scarcity. We present a menu of tests to characterise the observed trends in the prices of 12 resources and do not find any such general trend. Of the 12 series examined, only one is stationary in levels. Of the 11 non stationary price series 4 show a positive trend. The rest are either negative or stochastic. We also examine the behaviour of the All Resources Index, which is a measure of the aggregate activity in the natural resources sector in the country.

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Paper provided by The University of Melbourne in its series Department of Economics - Working Papers Series with number 646.

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Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: 1998
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Handle: RePEc:mlb:wpaper:646
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