Economic analysis of the US unconventional oil and gas revolution

Mathilde Mathieu, Thomas Spencer, Oliver Sartor, 22 March 2014

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The recent rapid growth in the production of unconventional oil and gas (shale gas and tight oil) in the US has led to a significant decrease of natural gas prices as well as reduced oil imports. This has raised questions about the impacts of the unconventional oil and gas revolution on the US macroeconomy, industrial competitiveness, and energy sector.

Topics: Energy, Environment
Tags: energy, energy independence, environment, fracking, gas, oil, shale gas, tight oil, US

Diversifying Russia

Simon Commander, Alexander Plekhanov, 29 January 2013

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Russia aims to diversify its economy, thereby moving away from its dependence on oil and gas. Despite much political rhetoric, our research (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development 2012) indicates that, to date, relatively little has been achieved. Oil and gas still account for nearly 70% of total merchandise exports and around a half of the federal budget.

Topics: Development
Tags: economic diversification, education, gas, oil, Russia, skills

Why does gasoline cost so much?

Lutz Kilian, 29 July 2008

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At the end of 2007, both gasoline and crude oil prices (adjusted for inflation) were at levels last seen in 1981 and they continued to climb throughout much of 2008. While Europe has been cushioned in part from these developments, as the dollar depreciated against the euro, the fundamental forces that drove up US gasoline prices have done the same in Europe.

Topics: Energy
Tags: gas, oil

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