The Timing and Incidence of Exploratory Drilling on Offshore Wildcat Tracts

Kenneth Hendricks*, Robert H. Porter

*Corresponding author for this work

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This paper documents exploratory drilling activity on offshore wildcat oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico sold between 1954 and 1980. We calculate the empirical drilling hazard function for cohorts in specific areas. For each year of the lease, we study the determinants of the decision whether to begin exploratory drilling and their relationship to the outcome of any drilling activity. Our results indicate that equilibrium predictions of plausible noncooperative models are reasonably accurate and more descriptive than those of cooperative models of drilling timing. We discuss why noncooperative behavior may occur and the potential gains from coordination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)388-407
Number of pages20
JournalAmerican Economic Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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