What is a business cartel?
A business cartel exists when rival businesses agree to act together instead of competing with each other. This kind of arrangement is a form of cheating that’s designed to benefit cartel members while maintaining the illusion of competition.
Cartels can be local, national or international, and specific examples of cartel activity can relate to the sale of goods and services like price fixing, market sharing and bid rigging or related to employment, like wage fixing and no poaching agreements.
Could you spot a cartel?
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