Specialization and non-renewable resources: Ricardo meets Ricardo
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J. Econ. Dyn. Control
comparative advantage; dynamic models; energy resources; heterogenous; demand; hotelling theory; EXHAUSTIBLE RESOURCES; EXTRACTION; ECONOMICS; ORDER; COST; Economics
The one-demand Hotelling model fails to explain the observed specialization of nonrenewable resources. We develop a model with multiple demands and resources to show that specialization of resources according to demand is driven by Ricardian comparative advantage while the order of resource use over time is determined by Ricardian absolute advantage. An abundant resource with absolute advantage in all demands must be initially employed in all demands. When each resource has an absolute advantage in some demand, no resource may be used exclusively. The two-by-two model is characterized. Resource and demand-specific taxes are shown to have significant substitution effects. (c) 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Journal of Economic Dynamics & Control
"Specialization and non-renewable resources: Ricardo meets Ricardo" (2005). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 5049.