Freni, Giuseppe
(2009):
*Factor intensity and order of resource extraction.*

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## Abstract

This paper characterizes the optimal time paths of extraction of several nonrenewable resource deposits with different costs of extraction when the extracted resource can be converted into productive capital and the extraction process, as well as the production of the substitute, requires two primary factors of production. Under a technological assumption granting that the time paths of primary factor prices are monotonic, we show that, for each pair (lower cost/higher cost) of deposits, an intensity condition is necessary in order to have discontinuous extraction of the lower cost deposit. We also show that the same condition is sufficient for discontinuous extraction of the lower cost deposit, provided the stock of the lower cost deposit is sufficiently large and the stocks of all other deposits are sufficiently small.

Item Type: | MPRA Paper |
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Original Title: | Factor intensity and order of resource extraction |

Language: | English |

Keywords: | Exhaustible resources; Optimal control; Order of extraction |

Subjects: | Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics ; Environmental and Ecological Economics > Q3 - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation > Q32 - Exhaustible Resources and Economic Development Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics ; Environmental and Ecological Economics > Q3 - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C6 - Mathematical Methods ; Programming Models ; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling > C61 - Optimization Techniques ; Programming Models ; Dynamic Analysis |

Item ID: | 18790 |

Depositing User: | Giuseppe Freni |

Date Deposited: | 22 Nov 2009 03:44 |

Last Modified: | 27 Sep 2019 16:44 |

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URI: | https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/id/eprint/18790 |