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Information Asymmetry and the Problem of Transfers in Trade Negotiations and International Agencies

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  • Hamada, Koichi
  • Sunder, Shyam

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This paper studies the role of transfers among groups within a country as well as among countries in a two level game of international trade negotiations. We show that in order to realize the intended transfer in the presence of asymmetric information on the states of recipients (and donors), a transfer process uses up additional resources. The difficulty of making transfers renders it less likely that a nation would find it individually rational to participate as a member of an international institution. Costly transfers render the internal and international adjustment difficult, and serve as a barrier to trade liberalization. Costly international transfers harden the resistance against trade liberalization in the (potentially) recipient country and soften it in the (potentially) donor country.

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  • Hamada, Koichi & Sunder, Shyam, 2005. "Information Asymmetry and the Problem of Transfers in Trade Negotiations and International Agencies," Center Discussion Papers 28490, Yale University, Economic Growth Center.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:yaleeg:28490
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.28490
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    International Relations/Trade;

    JEL classification:

    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • H71 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
    • H77 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism

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