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Lags, Costs and Shocks: An Equilibrium Model of the Oil Industry

Abstract

We use a new micro data to compile some key facts about the oil market and estimate a structural industry equilibrium model that is consistent with these facts. Our model implies that demand and supply shocks contribute equally to the volatility of oil prices but that the volatility of investment by oil firms is driven mostly by demand shocks. Our model predicts that the advent of fracking will eventually result in a large reduction in oil price volatility.

Type

Working Paper

Author(s)

Sergio Rebelo, Gideon Bornstein

Date Published

2017

Citations

Rebelo, Sergio, and Gideon Bornstein. 2017. Lags, Costs and Shocks: An Equilibrium Model of the Oil Industry.

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