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Tariff Policy and Multinational Firms : How to Jump Tariff Jumping


  • CORDELLA, Tito

    (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium and Universita di Bologna, Itally)

  • VANNINI, Stefano

    (niversité catholique de Louvain, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)


Strategic trade policy affects foreign-based firm's internationalization mode. In this paper, by endogenizing market structure and tariff policy, we claim that 'tariff jumping' is not enough to give a rationale to the existence of multinational enterprises, in absence of cost differentials and 'exportation costs' other than tariffs. Despite this first negative result, we show that the study of the strategic interaction between firms and policy-makers, even in such a simple framework, sheds some light on the relationship between national welfare and MNE's competitive advantages, putting on evidence tariff-policy discontinuities.

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  • CORDELLA, Tito & VANNINI, Stefano, 1993. "Tariff Policy and Multinational Firms : How to Jump Tariff Jumping," CORE Discussion Papers 1993056, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  • Handle: RePEc:cor:louvco:1993056

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    multinational entreprises; tariff policy; tariff jumping; strategic interaction;

    JEL classification:

    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations


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