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Dual Track Liberalization: With and Without Losers

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  • Che, Jiahua

    (U of Illinois)

  • Facchini, Giovanni

    (U of Illinois)

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Dual track liberalization, relying upon the continued enforcement of existing contracts and the simultaneous creation of a free market sector, represents a powerful mechanism in economic reform. If not anticipated, the reform implements an outcome that is both Pareto improving and efficiency enhancing as compared to the status quo. We show that when the reform is anticipated, intertemporal arbitrage arises potentially undermining these properties. Only when the original policy involves both price setting and quantity restrictions can anticipated dual track liberalization maintain its attractiveness. These conditions correspond well to the circumstances faced by transition economies.

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Paper provided by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Business in its series Working Papers with number 04-0100.

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  1. Jiahua Che & Giovanni Facchini, 2007. "Dual Track Reforms: With and Without Losers," Economics Discussion Papers 646, University of Essex, Department of Economics.
  2. John Bennett & Huw Dixon & Helen X.Y. Hu, 2008. "The Effects of Reforming the Chinese Dual-Track Price System," CEDI Discussion Paper Series 08-14, Centre for Economic Development and Institutions(CEDI), Brunel University.

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