Measuring Energy Security - A Conceptual Note

21 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2008

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Manuel Frondel

RWI Leibniz Institute for Economic Research ; Ruhr University Bochum (RUB)

Christoph M. Schmidt

RWI - Leibniz-Insitut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI Essen); Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: July 2008

Abstract

Along with the oil price, concerns about the security of energy supply have soared once again in recent years. Yet, more than 30 years after the OPEC oil embargo in 1973, energy security still remains a diffuse concept. This paper conceives a statistical indicator that aims at characterizing the energy supply risk of nations that are heavily dependent on energy imports. Our indicator condenses the bulk of empirical information on the imports of fossil fuels originating from a multitude of export countries as well as data on the indigenous contribution to the domestic energy supply into a single parameter. Applying the proposed concept to empirical energy data on Germany and the U.S. (1980-2004), we find that there is an inter-temporally increasing gap in the energy supply risk between both countries, with Germany suffering much more from a tensed energy supply situation today than the U.S.

Keywords: Herfindahl index, energy supply risk indicator

JEL Classification: C43, Q41

Suggested Citation

Frondel, Manuel and Schmidt, Christoph M., Measuring Energy Security - A Conceptual Note (July 2008). Ruhr Economic Paper No. 52. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1161141 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1161141

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