Hoard or exploit? Intergenerational allocation of exhaustible natural resources

Hoard or exploit? Intergenerational allocation of exhaustible natural resources

By: Abu-Kalla H., Palatnik R.R., Ayalon O., Shechter M.
Published in: Energies
SDGs : SDG 07  |  Units: Social Sciences  | Time: 2020 |  Link
Description: In this paper, a “general equilibrium” (GE) model was developed for the allocation of exhaustible natural resources to e xamine the impact of different extraction scenarios on intergenerational economic welfare. A stylized GE model was applied to Israel’s natural gas (NG) market to evaluate economic indicators resulting from NG-extraction scenarios: A baseline scenario based on current policy in the NG sector, a conservative scenario based on a lower extraction rate, and an intensive scenario based on a faster extraction rate. The impact of various resource income-allocation strategies on intergenerational economic welfare was examined through the mechanism of a “sovereign wealth fund” (SWF). The results indicate that a higher NG-extraction rate combined with an appropriate investment strategy for NG profits is preferable from an economic perspective compared to a conservative rate. Investment of the government take from the NG market in research and development (R&D) of renewable electricity production can sustainably increase economic welfare. © 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

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