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Monopoly Power in the Oil Market and the Macroeconomy

63 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2017 Last revised: 28 Nov 2017

Nicole Branger

University of Muenster - Finance Center Muenster

René Marian Flacke

University of Muenster - Finance Center Muenster

Nikolai Gräber

University of Muenster - Finance Center Muenster

Date Written: October 26, 2017

Abstract

This paper studies macroeconomic consequences of oil price fluctuations caused by innovations in the monopoly power in the oil market. Monopoly power is interpreted as oil producers' ability to charge markups over marginal costs. We conduct an event study to identify markup shocks based on meetings of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). A structural vector autoregression shows that markup shocks have unique macroeconomic consequences compared to supply and demand shocks. In particular, real economic activity persistently expands when oil producers' monopoly power rises. We propose a state-of-the-art general equilibrium model that rationalizes these findings.

Keywords: Monopoly, OPEC, Oil Shocks, VAR, DSGE, Real Business Cycle, Asset Pricing

JEL Classification: C32, E13, E23, E32, G12, L12, L71, Q43

Suggested Citation

Branger, Nicole and Flacke, René Marian and Gräber, Nikolai, Monopoly Power in the Oil Market and the Macroeconomy (October 26, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3059613

Nicole Branger

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René Flacke (Contact Author)

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Nikolai Gräber

University of Muenster - Finance Center Muenster ( email )

Universitatsstr. 14-16
Muenster, 48143
Germany

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