Producers, consumers, and multinationals : problems in analyzing a non-competitive market
Author(s)Adelman, Morris Albert
A paper written two years ago gave a general analysis of the current world oil market, indicating why the price had nothing to do with real scarcity, but was set by a monopoly both vulnerable and very strong. The purpose is now t analyze the market more closely, with a view to making some predictions about future prices. Non-competitive markets are notoriously hard to analyze, because we have no precise theory of small-group actions. Furthermore, the current cartel2 is very recent, and its great successes since the 1970 Libyan negotiations have been and still are a learning process. But we can at least identify the principal factors, and eliminate irrelevant or wrong hypotheses.
MIT Energy Laboratory
Petroleum industry and trade., Trusts, Industrial.
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