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La concesion de Mares, el interes industrial y la fundacion de la empresa colombiana de petroleos, ECOPETROL


  • Eduardo Saenz-Rovner

    (Univ. Nacional de Colombia)


This article studies the reversion of the de Mares Concession managed by the Tropical Oil Company, a subsidiary of Standard Oil of New Jersey, and the creation of the Colombian Petroleum Company, ECOPETROL, in 1951. The role of different social and political actors is analyzed. Special attention is lent to the powerful National Association of Industrialists, ANDI. In contrast to other Latin American cases during the first half of the twentieth century, ECOPETROL was the result of the expiry of a contract with a multinational enterprise, not the consequence of nationalist pressures and/or expropriations. Besides this, the evidence shows that the Colombian petroleum workers did not play a major role in the creation of ECOPETROL; this refutes the existing literature on the topic. ECOPETROL was the result of negotiations that took place exclusively among sectors of the Colombian elite, North American capital, and the U.S. government.

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  • Eduardo Saenz-Rovner, 2002. "La concesion de Mares, el interes industrial y la fundacion de la empresa colombiana de petroleos, ECOPETROL," História Econômica & História de Empresas, ABPHE, vol. 5(1), pages 117-146, January-J.
  • Handle: RePEc:abp:hehehe:v:5:y:2002:i:1:p:117-46

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    JEL classification:

    • N86 - Economic History - - Micro-Business History - - - Latin America; Caribbean
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • N76 - Economic History - - Economic History: Transport, International and Domestic Trade, Energy, and Other Services - - - Latin America; Caribbean
    • O14 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology
    • L71 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Primary Products and Construction - - - Mining, Extraction, and Refining: Hydrocarbon Fuels


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