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Beat 'em or join 'em: export subsidies versus international research joint ventures in oligopolistic markets

  • J. Peter Neary
  • Paul O'Sullivan

This paper compares adversarial with cooperative industrial and trade policies in a dynamic oligopoly game in which a home and foreign firm compete in R&D and output and, because of spillovers, each firm benefits from the other''s R&D. When the government can commit to an export subsidy, such a policy raises welfare relative to cooperation, except when R&D is highly effective and spillovers are near-complete. Without commitment, however, subsidisation may yield welfare levels much lower than cooperation and lower even than free trade, though qualifications to the dangers from no commitment are noted.

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Paper provided by London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library in its series LSE Research Online Documents on Economics with number 20247.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Nov 1998
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Handle: RePEc:ehl:lserod:20247
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