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Seeking out and building monopolies, Rothschild strategies in non ferrous metals international markets (1830-1940)

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  • Miguel A. López-Morell

    () (Universidad de Murcia)

  • Jos M. O'Kean

    () (Departamento de Economía, Universidad Pablo de Olavide & IE Business School)

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The aim of this article is to analyse the strategies employed by the Rothschilds until 1940 to limit competition in the non ferrous international market. We will study how they opted for rigid demand products of highly concentrated supply which were favourable to market control (mercury, nickel, lead and copper and sulphur) by assuming administrative monopolies (mercury from Spanish Almadn Mines) or through control of the leading businesses of the respective markets (Le Nickel, Pearroya and Rio Tinto). We will also analyse how the family was able to gain worldwide monopolies, or if not, how they promoted collusive oligopolies with the competition in any number of forms in their quest to maintain profitability and to flee from any competition.

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  • Miguel A. López-Morell & Jos M. O'Kean, 2010. "Seeking out and building monopolies, Rothschild strategies in non ferrous metals international markets (1830-1940)," Working Papers 10.17, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:pab:wpaper:10.17
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    Keywords

    International Raw material markets; Cartels; Rothschild; mining; Non-ferrous metals.;

    JEL classification:

    • N50 - Economic History - - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment and Extractive Industries - - - General, International, or Comparative
    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • L72 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Primary Products and Construction - - - Mining, Extraction, and Refining: Other Nonrenewable Resources

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