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Endogenous transport price and international R&D rivalry

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The purpose of this paper is to consider the relationship between monopoly transport prices and an industry’s technology level of research and development (R&D). Although R&D efficiency is often considered a key factor to improve the performance of firms in an industry, we demonstrate that this standard view does not always hold in a trade model involving a monopoly transporter. In a one-way duopoly case, an exporter competes with a local firm in the local market but must pay a transport charge to the monopoly transporter to carry its product. We show that higher R&D efficiency may reduce the investments of an exporter. We further investigate a case of two-way trade comprising two symmetric countries. We also show that higher R&D efficiency may reduce the producers’ profit.

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  • Takauchi, Kazuhiro, 2015. "Endogenous transport price and international R&D rivalry," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 46(C), pages 36-43.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecmode:v:46:y:2015:i:c:p:36-43
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econmod.2014.12.019
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