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Tariff induced licensing contracts, consumers’ surplus and welfare

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  • Kabiraj, Abhishek
  • Kabiraj, Tarun

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We construct a duopolistic trade model with technology transfer and consider two-part tariff licensing contracts. We show that a tariff on foreign products can influence the licensing strategy of the foreign firm. There is a trade-off between a tariff and a royalty license in affecting the product price. We show in particular that a tariff can be chosen so as to induce fee licensing and maximize both consumers’ surplus and domestic welfare. This resolves the so-called conflict between these two objectives in respect of the choice of a tariff. The paper provides a number of testable hypothesis.

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  • Kabiraj, Abhishek & Kabiraj, Tarun, 2017. "Tariff induced licensing contracts, consumers’ surplus and welfare," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 60(C), pages 439-447.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecmode:v:60:y:2017:i:c:p:439-447
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econmod.2016.11.001
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    Keywords

    Two-part tariff contracts; Fee licensing; Royalty licensing; Consumers’ surplus; Welfare; Tariff protection;
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    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection
    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets

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