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Trade Liberalization, Competition and Growth

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  • Omar Licandro
  • Antonio Navas

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Increasing evidence support the claim that international trade enhances innovation and productivity growth through an increase in competition. This paper develops a two-country endogenous growth model, with firm specific R&D and a continuum of oligopolistic sectors under Cournot competition to providea theoretica lsupport to this claim. Since countries are assumed to produce the same set of varieties,trade openness makes markets more competitive, reducing prices and increasing quantities. Under Cournot competition, trade is pro-competitive. Since firms undertake cost reducing innovations, the increase in production induced by a more competitive market push firms to innovate more. Consequently, a reduction on trade barriers enhances growth by reducing domestic firm's market power.

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  • Omar Licandro & Antonio Navas, 2010. "Trade Liberalization, Competition and Growth," Working Papers 436, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.
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    Keywords

    Trade Openness; growth; competition;

    JEL classification:

    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • F43 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Economic Growth of Open Economies
    • O3 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights

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