Information asymmetry, trade, and drilling: evidence from an oil lease lottery
We exploit a government oil lease lottery that randomly assigned leases to individuals and firms. We examine how initial misallocation affected trade, drilling, and production outcomes. When parcels are far from existing production, leases won by individuals have similar drilling and production outcomes as those won by firms. However, for parcels close to existing production, we find that leases are about 50% less likely to be drilled when they are won by firms. We find evidence that information asymmetries drive these results.
Brehm, Paul A., and Eric Lewis. 2021. "Information asymmetry, trade, and drilling: evidence from an oil lease lottery." Rand Journal of Economics 52(3): 496-514.
Rand Journal of Economics
Common pool, Uncertainty, Market, Model