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No trade, one-way or two-way trade?

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  • Toshihiro Okubo

    (Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration (RIEB), Kobe University, Japan)

  • Pierre M. Picard

    (CREA, University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg) and CORE, Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium))

  • Jacques-François Thisse

    (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium), Université du Luxembourg (Luxembourg), CEPR (UK), and RIEB, Kobe University (Japan))

Abstract

We study how the level of trade costs and the intensity of competition can explain the existence of two-way, one-way or no trade within the same industry. As trade costs decrease from very high to very low values, the economy moves from autarky to a regime of two-way trade, through a regime of one-way trade from the larger to the smaller country. Trade is less likely when the economy gets more competitive. Finally once capital is mobile across countries, the market delivers an outcome in which capital is too much concentrated in the large country.

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Paper provided by Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration, Kobe University in its series Discussion Paper Series with number DP2011-14.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2011
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Handle: RePEc:kob:dpaper:dp2011-14

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Keywords: Trade regime; Country asymmetry; Capital mobility;

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  1. Goksel, Turkmen, 2012. "Financial constraints and international trade patterns," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 29(6), pages 2222-2225.

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