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Article published: 28 November 2023

IB Economics Syllabus: Microeconomics (market structure, demand and supply, market failure)

According to a recent report, iron ore prices are expected to soar to $150 per ton in the first half of 2024, driven by China’s economic stimulus measures. This significant increase, up from earlier estimates of $130 per ton, is a direct response to China’s efforts to revive its economy, particularly the struggling property market, a major consumer of steel. The article highlights the pivotal role of Chinese demand in dictating global iron ore prices, as the country accounts for over two-thirds of the world’s iron ore purchases. Analysts predict that China’s 2023 iron ore imports might reach a record high, influenced by stronger-than-expected steel exports and growing demand from sectors like infrastructure and manufacturing. This situation illustrates the profound impact of government intervention in the commodities market, particularly how state policies in one nation can ripple through global markets, affecting prices and production plans of major miners.

IB Economics (IA) Commentary Suggestions:

In your IA, examine the impact of Chinese economic stimulus on the iron ore market using supply and demand analysis. Focus on the concept of intervention, exploring how government actions in one major market can have far-reaching effects on global commodity prices. Analyze the interplay between government policy and market forces, considering how this intervention not only affects China’s domestic market but also has significant implications for global trade and resource allocation. Your analysis should be concise and include relevant diagrams to illustrate the economic concepts at play.

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