Strategic resource dependence

R. Gerlagh, M. Liski

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Abstract

We consider a situation where an exhaustible-resource seller faces demand from a buyer who has a substitute but there is a time-to-build delay for the substitute. We find that in this simple framework the basic implications of the Hotelling model (1931) are reversed: over time the stock declines but supplies increase up to the point where the buyer decides to switch. Under such a threat of demand change, the supply does not reflect the current resource scarcity but it compensates the buyer for delaying the transition to the substitute. The analysis suggests a perspective on costs of oil dependence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)699-727
JournalJournal of Economic Theory
Volume146
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Strategic resources
Resource dependence
Buyers
Time to build
Threat
Hotelling model
Resource scarcity
Exhaustible resources
Seller
Oil
Costs

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Gerlagh, R. ; Liski, M. / Strategic resource dependence. In: Journal of Economic Theory. 2011 ; Vol. 146, No. 2. pp. 699-727.
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