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When do Countries Introduce Competition Policy?

This paper first presents stylised evidence showing how the date of the introduction of competition policy is correlated with country size. Smaller countries tend to adopt competition policy later. We thereafter present a simple theoretical model with countries of different size and firms competing à la Cournot. The predictions of the model are consistent with the empirical regularity presented. An implication of our model is that globalisation may give very different incentives regarding competition policy for small and large developing countries.

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Paper provided by Stockholm University, Department of Economics in its series Research Papers in Economics with number 2005:6.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: 01 Jun 2005
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:sunrpe:2005_0006
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