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Consumption and Hedging in Oil Importing Developing Countries

Jaime Casassus; Felipe Aldunate

Documento de Trabajo IE-PUC, N° 376, 2010.

Abstract: We study the consumption and hedging strategy of an oil-importing developing country that faces multiple crude oil shocks. In our model, developing countries have two particular characteristics: their economies are mainly driven by natural resources and their technologies are less e cient in energy usage. The natural resource exports can be correlated with the crude oil shocks. The country can hedge against the crude oil uncertainty by taking long/short positions in existing crude oil futures contracts. We find that both, ine ciencies in energy usage and shocks to the crude oil price, lower the productivity of capital. This generates a negative income e ect and a positive substitution e ect, because today’s consumption is relatively cheaper than tomorrow’s consumption. Optimal consumption of the country depends on the magnitudes of these e ects and on its risk-aversion degree. Shocks to other crude oil factors, such as the convenience yield, are also studied. We nd that the persistence of the shocks magni es the income and substitution e ects on consumption, thus a ecting also the hedging strategy of the country. The demand for futures contracts is decomposed in a myopic demand, a pure hedging term and productive hedging demands. These hedging demands arise to hedge against changes in the productivity of capital due to changes in crude oil spot prices. We calibrate the model for Chile and study up to what extent the country’s copper exports can be used to hedge the crude oil risk.

Keywords: Crude oil prices, convenience yields, risk management, emerging markets, government policy, two-sector economies
JEL: G11, Q43, Q48, D92, O41, C60


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