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

By Miguel A. López-Morell and Jos M. O'Kean

Abstract

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

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