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Resellers' Regulated Demand Price of 93 Octane Petrol in Namibia Relative to OPEC Crude Oil Price, 1991

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  • Voxi H.S. Amavilah

    (Glendale College)

This paper examines the efficiency implications of regulated demand price of 93 octane petrol relative to OPEC crude oil price across 183 Namibian localities in 1991. It describes briefly pricing problems associated with managing petroleum and petro-products. Assuming that demand price depends on expected profits and the quantities demanded and supplied, econometric estimations show actual average petrol prices higher than estimated (optimal) prices. Petrol prices are higher in Namibia than in either OPEC countries or the rest of the world, with the exception of the OECD countries. Two measures of efficiency conclude that managed prices in Namibia are non-optimal, and therefore recommend liberalization of the petrol industry in order to increase actual competition, efficiency, and consumer surplus, and lower prices.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 18 Jul 2003
Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpot:0307001
Note: Type of Document - WordPerfect; prepared on IBM PC - PC; to print on HP/PostScript; pages: 22 ; figures: request from author. I never published this piece and now I would like to reduce mailing and xerox cost by posting it.
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