Extracting Common Oil: Cooperation or Competition?
Posted: 12 Feb 2001
This paper considers how likely it is that a given number of agents who share an homogeneous oil reservoir will exploit the reservoir for their common benefit. A game? Theoretical model is used, examining whether one agent would profit from deviating from the cooperative strategy, given that the remaining agents would follow a subgame? Perfect retaliation strategy. The sensitivity of the cooperative solution to the number of agents, the time it takes to discover a deviation, the value of production relative to investment, and the discount rate, is examined. It is found that the cooperative solution is very sensitive to the number of agents; with more than three agents the cooperative solution becomes very unlikely.
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