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Decentralization of Industrial Policy as Strategic Delegation

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What is the appropriate degree of centralization in the context of industrial policy? The basic advantage of centralization results from internalization of external effects. While most of the literature stresses the superior information of regional authorities as a countervailing force, the present paper discusses another argument in favor of decentralization: Delegation of authority to regional governments will improve the position of the home country in the policy game with a foreign government. In a linear Cournot oligopoly with two domestic regions delegation is shown to be profitable if the domestic industry comprises at least twice as many firms as the foreign industry.

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  • Karl Morasch, 2000. "Decentralization of Industrial Policy as Strategic Delegation," Discussion Paper Series 193, Universitaet Augsburg, Institute for Economics.
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    1. Heinz Lampert, 1998. "Die Zukunft des Sozialstaates Deutschland - Elemente einer Reformstrategie," Discussion Paper Series 176, Universitaet Augsburg, Institute for Economics.
    2. Grundemann, R.M.W. & de Winter, C.R. & Smulders, P.G.W., 1994. "Absenteeism in the European Union," Papers 94/29, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and -.
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    1. Juan Luis Jiménez & Javier Campos, 2004. "Efectos de la descentralización de la política de defensa de la competencia," Documentos de trabajo conjunto ULL-ULPGC 2004-09, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas de la ULPGC.

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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
    • L52 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Industrial Policy; Sectoral Planning Methods

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