Monday, January 18, 2016

New OxCARRE Research Papers

Rabah Arezki [], Patrick Bolton [], Sanjay Peters [, Copenhagen Business School], Frederic Samama (Amundi Asset Management) & Joseph Stiglitz [, Columbia University] write on

From Global Savings Glut to Financing Infrastructure: The Advent of Investment Platforms

This paper investigates the emerging global landscape for public-private coinvestments in infrastructure. The creation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and other so-called “infrastructure investment platforms” are an attempt to tap into the pool of both public and private long-term savings in order to channel the latter into much needed infrastructure projects. This paper puts these new initiatives into perspective by critically reviewing the literature and experience with public private partnerships in infrastructure. It concludes by identifying the main challenges policy makers and other actors will need to confront going forward and to turn infrastructure into an asset class of its own.
Full paper at OxCARRE website here [pdf,].


Rabah Arezki [] and Thiemo Fetzer [University of Warwick] write on

On the Comparative Advantage of U.S. Manufacturing: Evidence from the Shale Gas Revolution

This paper provides the first empirical evidence of the newly found comparative advantage of the United States manufacturing sector following the so-called shale gas revolution. The revolution has led to (very) large and persistent differences in the price of natural gas between the United States and the rest of the world owing to the physics of natural gas. Results show that U.S. manufacturing exports have grown by about 6 percent on account of their energy intensity since the onset of the shale revolution. We also document that the U.S. shale revolution is operating both at the intensive and extensive margins.
Full paper at OxCARRE website here [pdf,].

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