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Cost Uncertainty and Trade Liberalization in International Oligopoly

  • MONERÂ COLONQUESÂ , Rafael

    (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium an Universitat de Valencia, Spain)

In a game of incomplete information about costs we investigate conditions under which autarkic firms benefit from the opening of trade, both when the number of firms is exogenously and endogenously fixed. A social point of view is also taken to check under which circumstances bilateral trade liberalization is to both countries' advantage. We show that there may be cases when free trade is privately and socially favourable compared to the autarky situation. Typically everybody's interests harmonize for a certain degree of firms' diversification and a sufficiently large amount of uncertainty.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers with number 1995068.

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Date of creation: 01 Dec 1995
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