How Much Crude Oil Should an Oil Exporting Country Produce Annually for Export?
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In 1985 crude oil price was at $31.75/barrel; and Saudi Arabia increased their production by 3% , hoping to increase their revenue from crude oil exports; but instead in a few months the crude oil price bottomed out at $9.75/barrel. We discuss the international political dealings that led to a repeat of a similar event in 2014–2015. For a crude oil exporting country, several objective functions play a role in making a decision on how much crude oil to produce annually for export. In this chapter we discuss them, and also a procedure to find the best solution.