Content Protection with Foreign Capital
The author considers local content requirements in a second-best environment with foreign capital flows and explores the consequences for domestic producers of final goods. The author derives an expression for the welfare consequences of content protection in a competitive general equilibrium model of two stages of production and shows that content protection initially has no effect other than expanding foreign firms at the expense of domestic ones. Once domestic producers exit, further tightening of the content requirement decreases production of the final good and increases component production, stimulating an inflow of foreign capital. Conflicting effects on domestic welfare are discussed. Copyright 1993 by Royal Economic Society.
Volume (Year): 45 (1993)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
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