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Protection for Sale, Monopolistic Competition and Variable Markups

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We extend the basic model of trade protection with special interest groups developed in Grossman and Helpman (1994) to include monopolistic competition with variable markups. We find the following results: (i) for sectors organized into lobbies the endogenous import tariff is always positive and inversely related to the degree of import penetration; (ii) for unorganized sectors the endogenous import policy may be a tariff or a subsidy, depending on the policy implemented by the partner country; (iii) the endogenous export policy consists in an export tax for unorganized sectors and in a subsidy for organized sector provided that goods are suffciently differentiated.

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  • Marvasi, Enrico, 2013. "Protection for Sale, Monopolistic Competition and Variable Markups," MPRA Paper 48511, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    Endogenous Trade Policy; Protection for Sale; Monopolistic Competition; Variable Markups.;

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    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation
    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations

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