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Aproching Optimal Depletion Path: Natural Gas Market in Bolivia


  • Aliaga, Javier

    () (IISEC, Universidad Católica Boliviana)


This exercise tries to be the first approach in order to understand the overall feedback effects of price path over optimal depletion rate in natural gas market in Bolivia. The simulations attempt to reproduce year-by-year evolution of natural gas depletion. While the initial conditions, parameters the model corresponds to exogenous measures in non linear optimal scheme. Therefore, the numerical values shown in the simulation should not be interpreted as forecasts. Some preliminary key result shows that: opportunity cost of depletion is high especially the first years; companies have low incentives to stop depletion or to be cost-efficient; the effective gas sales to regional markets is not enough yet; contract operation might regards in higher discount rate; exogenous commodity price bid up pressures depletion rate; companies hold expensive ratios of useless reserves related to possible market sales; it is not probable that price path converge with optimal depletion rate neither in short or long run and vice versa.

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  • Aliaga, Javier, 2009. "Aproching Optimal Depletion Path: Natural Gas Market in Bolivia," Documentos de trabajo 9/2009, Instituto de Investigaciones Socio-Económicas (IISEC), Universidad Católica Boliviana.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:iisecd:2009_009

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    Depletion rate; Discount rate; Natural gas; Price path;

    JEL classification:

    • C68 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Computable General Equilibrium Models
    • E63 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Comparative or Joint Analysis of Fiscal and Monetary Policy; Stabilization; Treasury Policy
    • O54 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Latin America; Caribbean


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