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Intra-Industry Trade in Identical Commodities

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The usual approach to intra-industry trade is to assume such trade arises because slightly different commodities are produced and traded to satisfy consumers' tastes for variety. This paper shows there are reasons to expect two-way trade even in identical products, due to strategic interaction among firms.

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  • James Brander, 1980. "Intra-Industry Trade in Identical Commodities," Working Paper 380, Economics Department, Queen's University.
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