A Coalition-Formation Approach to Equilibrium Federations and Trading Blocs
AbstractThe authors develop a model in which states may choose to form coalitions to capture efficiency gains from policy coordination. Joining a coalition entails setting the policy variable to maximize the coalition's aggregate payoff at a Nash equilibrium against nonmembers and to commit to a transfer scheme to share the gains. With two states, the unique equilibrium structure is complete federation; with more than two states, incomplete federation can be the unique equilibrium. Interpreting this result in terms of custom unions, the trend to trading-bloc formation may be equilibrium behavior even with cooperation and transfers within customs unions. Copyright 1997 by American Economic Association.
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Volume (Year): 87 (1997)
Issue (Month): 5 (December)
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- John B. Burbidge & James A. DePater & Gordon M. Myers & Abhijit Sengupta, 1996. "A Coalition-formation Approach to Equilibrium Federations and Trading Block s," Department of Economics Working Papers 1996-05, McMaster University.
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- F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
- H7 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations
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