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Backfiring with backhaul problems: Trade and Industrial Policies with Endogenous Transport Costs

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  • ISHIKAWA, Jota
  • TARUI, Nori

Trade barriers due to transport costs are as large as those due to tariffs. This paper explicitly incorporates the transport sector into the framework of international oligopoly and studies the effects of trade and industrial policies. Transport firms need to commit to a shipping capacity sufficient for a round trip, with a possible imbalance of shipping volumes in two directions. Because of this "backhaul problem", trade restrictions may backfire: domestic import restrictions may also decrease domestic exports, possibly harming domestic firms and benefiting foreign firms. In addition, trade policy in one sector may affect other independent sectors.

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Paper provided by Hitotsubashi Institute for Advanced Study, Hitotsubashi University in its series Discussion paper series with number HIAS-E-12.

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Length: 44, [14] p.
Date of creation: Oct 2015
Handle: RePEc:hit:hiasdp:hias-e-12
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