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The Oil Price Really Is A Speculative Bubble

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The oil price really is a speculative bubble. Yet only recently has the U.S. Congress, for example, showed recognition that this might even be a possibility. In general there seems to be a preference for the claim that the price increases are the result of basic economic forces: rapid growth in consumption, pushed particularly by the oil appetites of China and India, the depreciation of the U.S. dollar, real supply limitations, current and prospective and the risks of supply disruption, especially in the Middle East. These “explanations” will be taken up one by one, but first a view of what has happened to oil prices over recent years.

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  • R.S. Eckaus, 2008. "The Oil Price Really Is A Speculative Bubble," Working Papers 0807, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:mee:wpaper:0807
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