John Tilton


Selected Recent Publications

“Cyclical and Secular Determinants of Productivity in the Copper, Aluminum, Iron Ore, and Coal Industries,” Mineral Economics (2014), forthcoming.

“The Relationship between Spot and Futures Prices: An Empirical Analysis,” Resources Policy, Vol. 41 (2014), pp. 109-112. Co-authored with Andrew Gulley.

“The Terms of Trade Debate and the Policy Implications for Primary Product Producers,” Resources Policy, Vol. 38 (2013), pp. 196-203.

 “Material Efficiency: An Economic Perspective,” Resources Conservation & Recycling, Vol. 61 (2012), pp. 75-82. Co-authored with Patrik Söderholm.

"Investor Demand and Spot Commodity Prices," Resources Policy, Vol. 35 (2011), pp. 187-195. Co-authored with David Humphreys and Marian Radetzki.

“Using the Cumulative Availability Curve to Assess the Threat of Mineral Depletion: The Case of Lithium,”PDF versionText only version Resources Policy, Vol. 34 (2009), pp. 185-194. Co-authored with Andrés Yaksic.

“Using Exploration Expenditures to Assess the Climate for Mineral Investment,” Resources Policy, Vol. 33 (2008), pp. 179-187. Co-authored with J. Joaquin Jara and Gustavo Lagos.

“The Real, Real Price of Nonrenewable Resources: Copper 1870-2000,”PDF versionText only version World Development, Vol. 34, No. 3 (March 2006), pp. 501-519. Co-authored with Peter Svedberg.

“Depletion and the Long-Run Availability of Mineral Commodities,” in Michael E. Doggett and John R. Parry, eds., Wealth Creation in the Minerals Industry: Integrating Science, Business and Education (Littleton, CO: Society of Economic Geologists Special Publication 12, 2006), pp. 61-70.

Select Recent Presentations

Mining Productivity: Why Has It Fallen? Will It Recover?

Resource Depletion and the Long-Run Availability of Mineral Commodities

How Much Should Countries Tax Mining?

Mongolia - The Resource Curse: Causes and CuresPDF versionText only version
Critical Energy and Mineral Resources: Challenges and Opportunities
Assessing the Long-Run Availability of Mineral Commodities



Mining Royalties: A Global Study of their Impact on Investors, Government, and Civil Society (Washington, DC: The World Bank, 2006). Co-authored with James Otto, Craig Andrews, Fred Cawood, Michael Doggett, Pietro Guj, Frank Stermole, and John Stermole.

On Borrowed Time? Assessing the Threat of Mineral Depletion (Washington, DC: Resources for the Future, 2003).

View From the Helm (London: Mining Journal Books, 1995). Editor.

Mineral Wealth and Economic Development (Washington, DC: Resources for the Future, 1992). Editor.

Competitiveness in Metals: The Impact of Public Policy (London: Mining Journal Books, 1992). Co-edited with Merton J. Peck and Hans H. Landsberg.

World Metal Demand: Trends and Prospects (Washington, DC: Resources for the Future, 1990). Editor.

World Mineral Exploration: Trends and Economic Issues (Washington, DC: Resources for the Future, 1988). Co-edited with Roderick G. Eggert and Hans H. Landsberg.

Mineral and Mining Policy in Papua New Guinea (Port Moresby: Institute of National Affairs, 1986). Co-authored with John Millet and Richard Ward.

Material Substitution: Lessons from Tin-Using Industries (Washington, DC: Resources for the Future, 1983). Co-authored with Patrick D. Canavan, Frederick R. Demler, and Derek G. Gill.

The Impact of Seabed Mining: A Qualitative Analysis (Laxenburg, Austria: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, 1983).

Policy and the Diffusion of Technology: An International Comparison of Large Fossil-Fueled Generating Units (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1978). Co-authored with John H. DeYoung, Jr.

The Future of Nonfuel Minerals (Washington, DC: Brookings Institution, 1977).

International Diffusion of Technology: The Case of Semiconductors (Washington, DC: Brookings Institution, 1971).


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