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Make-Or-Buy’ In International Oligopoly And The Role Of Competitive Pressure

  • Dermot Leahy


    (Economics Finance and Accounting, National University of Ireland, Maynooth)

  • Catia Montagna

    (University of Dundee and Leverhulme Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy, University of Nottingham)

We study how competitive pressure influences the make-or-buy decision that oligopolistic firms face between producing an intermediate component in-house or purchasing it from a domestic supplier. We model outsourcing as a bilateral relationship in which the supplier undertakes relationship-specific investments. A home and foreign firm compete in the home market. Firms’ mode of operation decision depends on cost and strategic considerations. Competitive pressure increases firms’ incentive to outsource. Consumer gains from trade liberalisation are enhanced when it leads to less outsourcing.

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