Making Altruism Pay in Auction Quotas
With imperfectly competitive product markets, producers react to the auction of quota licenses by adjusting price upwards from the free trade level. As a result, license revenues are significantly lower than if markets were perfectly competitive. In fact, they are often zero unless quotas are very restrictive. In such markets, giving part of these revenues to the producers reduces the incentive to raise product prices and leads to the reappearance of revenues from auctioning quota licenses. With a foreign monopoly and no price discrimination, such a policy can lead to a Pareto improvement over free trade. The conditions under which such altruism raises welfare both from free trade and from the status quo are explored.
|Date of creation:||Jan 1990|
|Publication status:||published as International Trade and Trade Policy, edited by E. Helpman and A. Razin June, 1991 MIT Press: Cambridge, MA|
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