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On Hyperbolic Discounting in Energy Models: An Application to Natural Gas Allocation in Canada

John Rowse

The Energy Journal, 2008, vol. Volume 29, issue Special Issue, 135-158

Abstract: Recent work on time discounting involves hyperbolic discounting, in which the marginal discount rate shrinks over time. This work examines hyperbolic discounting and energy resource allocation utilizing a complex dynamic optimization model of natural gas allocation for British Columbia, Canada. Four hyperbolic and three conventional (constant annual) discount rate paths are considered. Focus is placed on the consequences: of using one hyperbolic discount rate path when another hyperbolic path is appropriate, of using conventional discounting when hyperbolic discounting is appropriate, and of using hyperbolic discounting when conventional discounting is appropriate. The generality and implications of the findings are also considered.

JEL-codes: F0 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008
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