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Network Effects and the Impact of Trade Liberalization

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  • Toru Kikuchi

    () (Kobe University)

  • Chiharu Kobayashi

    () (Doshisha University)

Abstract

In this note, we examine how trade liberalization affects the profits of firms in the presence of network effects. We will show that, contrary to conclusions in the previous literature, trade liberalization between identical countries increases firms' profits despite intesified competition.

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  • Toru Kikuchi & Chiharu Kobayashi, 2007. "Network Effects and the Impact of Trade Liberalization," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 6(4), pages 1-7.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-06f10012
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    Keywords

    network effects;

    JEL classification:

    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade
    • D4 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design

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