Tin cartel: the two faces of the process
The first part deals with the concentration and integration processes that took
place in the tin mining industry during the 1920’s. It is argued that the articulation of the
extractive and metallurgical sectors, although allowing for a better grip of world tin supply,
turned the industry as a whole less capable of adjusting itself to market conditions. The
second part shows the adverse effects of the policies implemented by the International Tin
Committee. Finally, the path that led to the nationalization of the industry in the producing
countries and the ways through which the reins of the market passed to the consumption
side are also considered.
JEL Classification: L72; N60; L12.
Keywords: Tin cartel economic history