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The Myth of Profit-Shifting Trade Policies

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Since Dixit (1984), it is well accepted that a home country's best policy is to ban imports in an oligopolistic market if the resulting monopoly has a cost advantage over imports. This note (i) provides a formal proof and (ii) extends this result to symmetric firms. When domestic instruments are available, the optimal policy in a non-cooperative game is to subsidize local production such that it completely replaces imports. This policy is also globally first-best.

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  • Koska, Onur A. & Staehler, Frank, 2014. "The Myth of Profit-Shifting Trade Policies," MPRA Paper 68021, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    Keywords

    Import tariffs; export subsidies; profit shifting;
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    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations

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