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Is it Possible to Move the Copper Market


  • Juan-Pablo Montero

    () (Instituto de Economía. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.)


We study whether and to what a large supplier facing a competitive fringe could effectively move the market of a depletable stock such as copper. We argue that the mere possibility for the large stockholder (i.e., leader) to sign forward contracts significantly reduces its market power. We show, for example, that in a three-period setting the leader has no ability whatsoever to move the market.

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  • Juan-Pablo Montero, 2003. "Is it Possible to Move the Copper Market," Documentos de Trabajo 246, Instituto de Economia. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile..
  • Handle: RePEc:ioe:doctra:246

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