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Free Entry, Quasi-free Trade, and Strategic Export Policy

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This paper analyzes governments' choices between strategic export subsidies and free trade as a commitment when firms are free to enter or exit in response to these choices. Entry and exit is treated as a discrete process. Within the context of a four-stage game, two types of equilibria emerge: a quasi-free-trade equilibrium in which one of the two governments commits to free trade, while the other has a Nash equilibrium subsidy that is zero and bilateral export subsidies. Concerning welfare effects, if fixed costs are large enough, both countries achieve a welfare gain relative to free trade. Copyright 1997 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Schulman, Craig T, 1997. "Free Entry, Quasi-free Trade, and Strategic Export Policy," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 5(1), pages 83-100, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:reviec:v:5:y:1997:i:1:p:83-100
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    1. Maggi, G. & Grossman, G., 1997. "Free Trade vs Strategic Trade: A Peek into Pandora's Box," Papers 190, Princeton, Woodrow Wilson School - Public and International Affairs.

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