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Two monies, two markets? Variability and the option to segment

  • Friberg, Richard


    (Dept. of Economic Statistics, Stockholm School of Economics)

This paper examines the decision to create barriers to arbitrage for a firm selling on two national markets. Sunk costs of market segmentation imply that the option to segment markets is more valuable the greater the variability of purchasing power between markets. One result is that a monetary union may lead to market integration when a fixed exchange rate did not. Extensions examine hysterisis, transport costs and general equilibrium modeling.

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Paper provided by Stockholm School of Economics in its series SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance with number 349.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 04 Jan 2000
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:hastef:0349
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