INDUSTRIAL DEMAND FOR SULFUR AND ALTERNATIVE INPUTS

Historical time series show that industrial uses for sulfur exhibit diverse trends and significant flucturations. A plausible reason for this behavior of industrial demand is the presence of alternative inputs used to replace sulfur. On the other hand, sulfur may replace existing inputs used by respective industries because of a more favorable relative price or because of its superior qualities. This study makes use of regression analysis to examine direct demand and cross-demand for sulfur and alternative inputs. The major industries that currently choose between sulfur and alternative inputs include the following: Chemicals, inorganic pigments, pulping processes, nonferrous ores leaching, and iron and steel pickling. Some of these industries show an increasing demand for sulfur while others show a declining demand. By examining and evaluating direct price elasticities and cross price elasticities, degree of substitution can be detected. Proper evaluation of the statistical results lends background support for action programs for the sulfur industry to promote uses where alternative inputs are at an economic disadvantages, and withdrawal from those uses where alternative inputs have a pronounced economic advantage.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Notification of this article, Proceedings from the Council of Economics, AIME, appeared in the Bureau of Mines--New Publications, June 1972, Monthly List 686.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Institute of Mining, Mettalurgy & Petroleum Engineers

    345 East 47th Street
    New York, NY  USA  10017
  • Authors:
    • Hee, O
  • Publication Date: 1972-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 103-112

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00040965
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bureau of Mines
  • Report/Paper Numbers: OP 83-72 Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 2 1973 12:00AM