PSA a risk management tool in light of modern economic theories

  • Phung Mai Huong
Keywords: PSA, petroleum exploration and production, risk, sharecropping, farmer, principal-agent


This article reviews, some modern economic theories to justify the conducts through which risks, rewards and incentives are harmonised, allowing petroleum contracts to become acceptable to involving parties. The author wishes to contribute more understanding on economic implications behind petroleum contracts. Therein, PSA is analysed in light of Pareto optimal, sharecropping and principal - agent theories to highlight PSA’s superior features compared to other forms of contracts from risk management perspective. Vietnam’s petroleum contract system is also reflected in this spectrum.


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How to Cite
Phung Mai Huong. (2019). PSA a risk management tool in light of modern economic theories. Petrovietnam Journal, 11, 48-59. journal.v11i0.17