You have been contracted by an economic consulting firm to determine the economic structure and possible future actions of OPEC, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.
Using the Library, the Internet, and your course materials, find Web sites that offer this information and answer the following problems (Perloff, 2007).
1.describe the difference between a monopoly and an oligopoly, and a cartel.
2.Provide an ex of a monopoly, an oligopoly, and a cartel.
3.Discuss the welfare effects of monopolies and oligopolies.
4.How does game theory describe the interactions of firms within oligopolies and cartels?
5.Using your own words, discuss the economic purpose of OPEC. What has happened to oil prices over the past five years?
6.Based on your answers to the above problems, synthesize the information you have gathered and tell the economic consulting firm which actions you think OPEC will take over the next year.
Summarize your research findings in 2 to 4 pages.