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Is the World Oil Market "One Great Pool"?

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    Is there one, global market for crude oil? This appears to be the assumption made by most petroleum economists, stated succinctly by Adelman in a recent issue of The Energy Journak "The world oil market, like the world ocean, is one great pool" (July 1984, p. 5). Policymakers have often implicitly held the opposite assumption - that the world market is fragmented - as evidenced by the efforts of many importing-country governments to seek special arrangements for "secure supply" from exporters in the 1970s and early 1980s. Likewise, oil exporters have sought "secure outlets" for their crude in the late 1980s and early 1990s. These arrangements make no sense if the world crude oil market is integrated. In a similar fashion, a policy of diversifying suppliers, which is practised by many importers now, is senseless in a globally unified market.

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    Article provided by International Association for Energy Economics in its journal The Energy Journal.

    Volume (Year): Volume 12 (1991)
    Issue (Month): Number 3 ()
    Pages: 95-108

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    Handle: RePEc:aen:journl:1991v12-03-a07

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