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Speculators and Oil Prices: What Do We Know and What Should We Do?
RFF First Wednesday Seminar
May 2, 2012

About the Event

Concerns have been raised in the popular press and elsewhere that an influx of speculators drove the price of oil to unprecedented heights in 2008, and that it may now be happening again. Although futures markets play an important role in our economy, do we need more safeguards to prevent financial traders from manipulating prices? Panelists reviewed the claims and counterclaims, presented evidence gleaned from ongoing research, and discussed the still-to-be completed process of reform that was mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010.


James L. Smith, Gilbert F. White Fellow, Resources for the Future


James L. Smith, Gilbert F. White Fellow, Resources for the Future
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Jeffrey Harris, Dean's Professor of Finance, Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University
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Michel Robe, Associate Professor of Finance, American University
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Kevin Book, Managing Director, Research, ClearView Energy Partners, LLC

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