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James Hamilton


Contributor since: 29 Sep 2011

James Hamilton

James is the Editor of Econbrowser – a popular economics blog that Analyses current economic conditions and policy.

Latest articles from James

  • What Happens if Iran Doesn't Back Down?

    Published 05 April 2012 | viewed 8,538 times

    If an embargo is successful in preventing Iran from selling a significant amount of oil on the world market, what would replace it? On Friday…

  • Prices of WTI and Brent Should Realign with a Gulf Coast Pipeline

    Published 23 February 2012 | viewed 19,149 times

    The Keystone Gulf Coast Expansion Project is now entering its fourth year of regulatory review, and is currently on indefinite political hold. In the meantime,…

  • What do the Recent Oil Price Highs Mean for Consumers at the Pump

    Published 22 February 2012 | viewed 7,531 times

    Crude oil prices this week reached their highest level since last April. What will that mean for U.S. consumers at the gas pump? The first…

  • How to Become Rich: Buy Low and Sell High

    Published 23 January 2012 | viewed 18,615 times

    It's a strategy that works for individuals, and can work for the entire nation as well. If you can figure out a way to find…

  • Possible Implications of the Iranian Oil Embargo

    Published 16 January 2012 | viewed 9,900 times

    As efforts continue to impose sanctions on Iran, I thought it would be helpful to discuss the possible implications of these developments for oil-consuming countries.…

  • Reducing Petroleum Consumption from Transportation

    Published 12 January 2012 | viewed 5,762 times

    MIT Professor Christopher Knittel has a new paper on the potential for the United States to reduce petroleum consumption. From the paper's abstract: The United…

  • U.S. Net Exporter of Petroleum Products - A Look at the Numbers

    Published 29 December 2011 | viewed 8,474 times

    One big story of 2011 was the United States switched from being a net importer to a net exporter of petroleum products. Here are the…

  • Implications of the Recent Rise in Oil Prices

    Published 22 November 2011 | viewed 6,797 times

    The price of West Texas Intermediate has risen almost $10 a barrel since the start of September, and briefly bumped back above $100 a barrel…

  • Peak Production for U.S. Oil-Producing Regions

    Published 21 October 2011 | viewed 18,284 times

    I've just finished a new paper on Oil prices, exhaustible resources, and economic growth (click here for paper), which explores details behind the phenomenal increase…

  • Changing Behavior of Crude Oil Futures Prices

    Published 22 September 2011 | viewed 10,492 times

    I've just finished a new research paper with my former student (and now University of Chicago Professor) Cynthia Wu. In our new paper, we study…

  • Fundamentals, Speculation, and Oil Prices

    Published 30 August 2011 | viewed 12,645 times

    I was in Washington DC last week, arriving right after the earthquake and getting out of town just before Irene, to attend a conference on…

  • Index Funds and Commodity Prices

    Published 09 August 2011 | viewed 7,990 times

    There has been a lot of growth over the last decade in funds that take long positions in commodity futures contracts in order to offer…

  • Rapidly Increasing Chinese Oil Demand

    Published 14 June 2011 | viewed 6,182 times

    Stuart Staniford notes that the number of trucks and passenger vehicles in China has been growing at about 23% each year.Vehicle growth rates for U.S.…

  • Just How Significant is the OPEC Announcement?

    Published 10 June 2011 | viewed 6,975 times

    The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)  announced on Tuesday that its members could not reach an agreement to change OPEC's production quotas. How significant…

  • Oil Price Manipulation

    Published 28 May 2011 | viewed 7,071 times

    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Tuesday filed a civil enforcement action alleging that Nicholas Wildgoose and James Dyer, who worked as traders for Arcadia…

  • A Look at the Environmental Concerns Surrounding Shale Gas

    Published 18 May 2011 | viewed 5,022 times

    Technological breakthroughs in methods for drilling for natural gas have opened up the possibility of vast new supplies. However, environmental concerns may turn out to…

  • Oil prices and trading mechanics

    Published 11 May 2011 | viewed 4,531 times

    A report from Reuters attributes the wild commodity price moves last week to algorithmic stop-loss trading. Jim Brown offered these details on the oil trading:…

  • Lower Oil Prices

    Published 09 May 2011 | viewed 11,710 times

    Like a roller coaster ride, 2011 saw oil prices climb gradually, only to fall dramatically this last week. Here I offer my thoughts on some…

  • Differences in the Price of Oil: Brent-WTI Spread

    Published 19 April 2011 | viewed 11,610 times

    The puzzling differential between the price of oil in different markets seems to be persisting. For most of the last decade, there was very little…

  • Natural Gas Now a Growing Alternative to Gasoline

    Published 07 April 2011 | viewed 5,618 times

    The Denver Post reported the opening on Saturday of stations offering compressed natural gas to drivers in Grand Junction and Rifle, towns along Interstate 70…

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