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Industry concentration and optimal discriminatory commercial policies

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  • Ngo Van Long
  • Antoine Soubeyran

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We derive the characteristics of firm-specific strategic trade policies when industries consist of heterogenous firms, and show how the informational requirements for policy design are thereby expanded. A knowledge of the Herfindahl index of concentration of the foreign industry is required for the design of optimal protection for domestic firms. It is shown that optimal firm-specific tariffs reduce the degree of foreign concentration, thus shifting rents to domestic firms.

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  • Ngo Van Long & Antoine Soubeyran, 1999. "Industry concentration and optimal discriminatory commercial policies," The Journal of International Trade & Economic Development, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 8(3), pages 241-256.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jitecd:v:8:y:1999:i:3:p:241-256
    DOI: 10.1080/09638199900000015
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    Cited by:

    1. Arghya Ghosh & Souresh Saha, 2008. "Trade Policy in the Presence of Technology Licensing," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 16(1), pages 45-68, February.
    2. Baomin Dong & Lasheng Yuan, 2010. "The Loss from Trade under International Cournot Oligopoly with Cost Asymmetry," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 18(5), pages 818-831, November.
    3. Winston Chang & Hajime Sugeta, 2005. "Cost asymmetry, oligopolistic competition and optimal trade and industrial policies," International Economic Journal, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(1), pages 95-114.

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