Causality in crude oil prices

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Crude oil markets witness growing disparity between the quality of crudes supplied and demanded in the market. The market share of low‐quality crudes is increasing due to the depletion of old fields and increasing demand. This is unnerving the practitioners and affecting the relevance of the traditional benchmark crudes due to the lack of lower quality benchmarks (Montepeque, 2005). In this article, we apply Granger causality tests to study the price dependence of 32 crudes in order to establish which crudes drive other prices and which ones simply follow general market trends. Our results indicate that some of the old benchmarks are still relevant while others can be disregarded. Our results also interestingly show that the low-quality Mediterranean Russian Urals crude, introduced in the late 1990s, has emerged recently as a significant driver of global prices.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00036841003636250

Affiliations: 1: Aston Business School, Aston Triangle, Birmingham B4 7ET, UK 2: School of Business, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden 3: Nottingham University Business School, Jubilee Campus, Wollaton RoadNottingham NG8 1BB, UK

Publication date: September 1, 2011

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