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A note on bilateral trade agreements in the presence of irreversible investment and deferred negotiations

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  • Matthew Cole

    () (Florida International University)

  • M. Ryan Haley

    () (University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh)

  • Aaron Lowen

    () (Grand Valley State University)

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A common result in the trade literature is that a small country will realize gains from a bilateral free trade agreement with a large country. McLaren (1997) casts aspersions on this traditional belief by demonstrating that irreversible investment in the small country, with the possibility of re-negotiation by the large country, can actually make the small country prefer autarky to free trade. In this note, we identify a middle ground where the small country can realize above-autarky utility by only partially specializing (relative to the free-trade level of specialization) in export production this improvement occurs even in the presence of irreversible investment and deferred negotiations.

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  • Matthew Cole & M. Ryan Haley & Aaron Lowen, 2008. "A note on bilateral trade agreements in the presence of irreversible investment and deferred negotiations," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 6(34), pages 1-10.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-08f10018
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    irreversible investment;

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    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade

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