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Dumping in a Global World: Why Product Quality Matters

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  • José Luis Moraga-González
  • Jean-Marie Viaene

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Anti-dumping actions are now the trade policy of choice of developing and transition economies. To understand why these economies have increasingly applied anti-dumping laws, we build a simple theoretical model of vertical intra-industry trade and investigate the strategic incentives of exporting firms to undertake dumping. We show that the definition of dumping matters. Based on a comparison of low-quality and high-quality prices, only unilateral dumping by the low-quality firm obtains. By contrast, the standard WTO definition leads to either reciprocal or unilateral dumping by the high-quality firm, depending on cross-country differences in incomes, the height of tariff protection and on exchange rate changes. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2005.

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  • José Luis Moraga-González & Jean-Marie Viaene, 2005. "Dumping in a Global World: Why Product Quality Matters," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 28(5), pages 669-682, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:worlde:v:28:y:2005:i:5:p:669-682
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    1. Jørgen Hansen & Jørgen Nielsen, 2009. "Dumping and Injury Margins in Markets with Horizontal as well as Vertical Product Differentiation," Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Springer, vol. 9(3), pages 233-250, September.

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