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International Trade in General Oligopolistic Equilibrium

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  • J. Peter Neary

This paper presents a new model of oligopoly in general equilibrium and explores its implications for positive and normative aspects of international trade. Assuming "continuum-Pollak" preferences, the model allows for consistent aggregation over a continuum of sectors, in each of which a small number of home and foreign firms engage in Cournot competition. I show how competitive advantage interacts with comparative advantage to determine resource allocation, and, specializing to continuum-quadratic preferences, I explore the model’s implications for the gains from trade, for the distribution of income between wages and profits, and for production and trade patterns in a two-country world.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 5671.

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Date of creation: 2015
Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_5671
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  1. Neary, J. Peter, 1994. "Cost asymmetries in international subsidy games: Should governments help winners or losers?," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 37(3-4), pages 197-218, November.
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  7. Robert A. Pollak, 1971. "Additive Utility Functions and Linear Engel Curves," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 38(4), pages 401-414.
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