The asymmetric relationship of oil prices and production on drilling rig trajectory

Nicholas Apergis, Bradley T. Ewing, James E. Payne

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With active drilling rigs essential for replenishing oil resources depleted through production, this study examines the potential asymmetries between drilling rig trajectory (vertical, directional, and horizontal), oil prices and oil production in the U.S. within a nonlinear autoregressive distributed lag framework. Based on weekly data, the results reveal long-run symmetry with respect to oil prices irrespective of drilling rig trajectory. However, there is long-run asymmetry for oil production consistent with the capital-intensive nature of drilling and the fixed costs associated with new wells. The results also show short-run asymmetry with respect to both oil prices and oil production consistent with companies taking advantage of upturns quickly and refraining from costly shut-in, plug and abandon, or increased expenditures on improved oil recovery during downturns.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101990
JournalResources Policy
StatePublished - Jun 2021


  • Asymmetries
  • Drilling trajectory
  • Oil prices
  • Oil production


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