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Maximum-Revenue Tariffs versus Free Trade

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Welfare with the maximum-revenue tariff is compared to free-trade welfare under perfect competition in the case of a large country able to affect its terms of trade; under Cournot duopoly with differentiated products; and under Bertrand duopoly with differentiated products. Under perfect competition, assuming linear demand and supply, welfare with the maximum-revenue tariff will be higher than free-trade welfare if the country has sufficient market power. Under Cournot duopoly and Bertrand duopoly, assuming linear demands and constant marginal costs, welfare with the maximum-revenue tariff is always higher than free-trade welfare.

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  • Collie, David R., 2018. "Maximum-Revenue Tariffs versus Free Trade," Cardiff Economics Working Papers E2018/8, Cardiff University, Cardiff Business School, Economics Section.
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    Keywords

    Maximum-Revenue Tariff; Free Trade; Perfect Competition; Cournot Oligopoly; Bertrand Oligopoly;
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    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation
    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations

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