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I'm interested in the elasticity price demand that predicts that as a resource becomes more scarce, it gets more expensive.

Regarding oil price this isn't clear. Is there an example of a resource that has nearly disappeared ? What was the evolution of its price ?

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    $\begingroup$ I don't have a resource that shows the detailed evolution of price, but whale oil would probably be a good resource to dig into. As the whale population was overfished (and demand increased), prices grew quite rapidly until alternatives like kerosene became price competitive and the price of whale oil plummeted. io9.gizmodo.com/… $\endgroup$ – Justin Cave Feb 15 at 20:53
  • $\begingroup$ Scarce is a philosophy relative term to human value. $\endgroup$ – mootmoot Mar 18 at 16:30
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Some examples you might consider:

  1. Fine art when the artist dies (this doesn't reduce the number of works by that artist, but does reduce the number of works that can be expected to exist in the future)
  2. The electromagnetic spectrum - there are a bunch of interesting resources concerning auctions for space on the spectrum
  3. Short .com domain names
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