Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences

First Advisor

Katherine Freeman, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Rudiger Von Armin

Third Advisor

Robert Urquhart

Fourth Advisor

Ronald Rizzuto


1986 oil price crash, Convenience yield, Crude oil prices, Futures markets, OPEC, Seven sisters, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries


In this paper I analyze how various price regimes inherent to different oil industry structures affected crude oil prices in the 20th century. Overall, there are strong relationships between oil prices and the corresponding price regimes. Using an informal approach as well as concepts from economic theory, I also analyze the effects of supply and demand variables including spare capacity, stocks, futures prices, OPEC production, and GDP on crude oil prices from 2002 - 2007. The results of my analysis are fairly consistent with economic theory as they elucidate the consequences of severe underinvestment in the oil industry and price volatility. Additionally, I analyze current oil prices and assess the implications for the oil industry, OPEC, and alternative energy producers.

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Rights Holder

Brian Patrick Shepherd


Received from ProQuest

File Format




File Size

144 p.


Economics, Commerce-Business, Economic theory, Economic history

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Economics Commons