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Middlemen Margins And Globalization

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  • Dilip Mookherjee

    () (Department of Economics, Boston University)

  • Pranab Bardhan

    (Department of Economics, University of California, Berkeley)

  • Masatoshi Tsumagari

    () (Department of Economics, Keio University)

Abstract

We provide a competitive theory of middlemen or entrepreneurs who develop brand-name reputations necessary to overcome product quality moral hazard problems, embedded in a Heckscher-Ohlin model of North-South trade. Agents with heterogeneous entrepreneurial abil- ities sort into different sectors and occupations, with endogenous inter- sectoral mobility. In some contexts competitive equilibrium is charac- terized by restricted inter-sectoral mobility; bene ts of trade liberal- ization in the South accrue disproportionately to middlemen, North- South factor price differences grow, and offshoring reduces inequality in the South. In other contexts there is enough mobility; classical Stolper-Samuelson and factor price equalization results hold.

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  • Dilip Mookherjee & Pranab Bardhan & Masatoshi Tsumagari, 2011. "Middlemen Margins And Globalization," Boston University - Department of Economics - Working Papers Series WP2011-034, Boston University - Department of Economics.
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    1. Nancy Chau & Hideaki Goto & Ravi Kanbur, 2016. "Middlemen, fair traders, and poverty," The Journal of Economic Inequality, Springer;Society for the Study of Economic Inequality, vol. 14(1), pages 81-108, March.
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    Keywords

    middlemen; reputation; inequality; trade liberalization; North-South trade;

    JEL classification:

    • D33 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Factor Income Distribution
    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation
    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements

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