The Price of Oil

The Price of Oil

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Roberto F. Aguilera, Marian Radetzki
Cambridge University Press, 10/26/2015
EAN 9781107110014, ISBN10: 1107110017

Hardcover, 254 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 2 cm
Language: English

Drawing on their extensive knowledge of the oil industry, Roberto F. Aguilera and Marian Radetzki provide an in-depth examination of the price of the world's most important commodity. They argue that although oil has experienced an extraordinary price increase over the past few decades, we have now reached a turning point where scarcity, uncertain supply and high prices will be replaced by abundance, undisturbed availability and suppressed price levels. They look at the potential of new global oil revolutions to bring the upward price push to an end and examine the implications of this turnaround for the world economy, as well as for politics, diplomacy, military interventions and the efforts to stabilize climate. This book will appeal to a wide readership of both academics and professionals working in the energy industry, as well as to general readers interested in the ongoing debate about oil prices.

1. Introduction and overview
Part I. Oil's Extraordinary Price History
How Can It Be Explained?
2. The price of oil since the early 1970s
observations and implications
3. OPEC and its behavior cannot explain oil's price performance
4. Can depletion and rising costs explain the price developments?
5. State ownership, government greed and the slowdown of capacity expansion
6. The resource curse and capacity destruction
Part II. The Shale and Conventional Oil Revolutions
Low Prices Ahead
7. The shale revolution
US achievements to date and envisaged impacts on global energy markets
8. Longevity of US shale oil
have we only seen the beginning?
9. The conventional oil revolution
10. Environmental issues arising from the revolutions
11. Will the revolutions spread globally?
12. A substantial long-term price fall in store
Part III. Global Implications for the Macroeconomy, the Environment and for Politics
13. Impact on macroeconomy and trade balances
14. Climate policy with low oil prices
15. Political repercussions
16. What have we learnt?