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Trade policy: 'Institutional' vs. 'economic' factors

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The ongoing discussion of U.S.-Japanese trade relations suggests that national differences such as in the institutional environment may be relevant for assessing international trade policies. However, economic trade theory often assumes countries to be organized around common notions of complete markets. This paper compares two alternative modes of trade policy analysis by juxtaposing the “economic” view inherent in Gene Grossman’s work on “Japan’s Innovation and Trade” with the “political” view of “Japanese-American Relations” expressed by Chalmers Johnson. A synthesis is attempted with the help of some remarks on “New Trade Theory’s Implications for Policy Analysis” by John Pomery.

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  • Lutz, Stefan, 2002. "Trade policy: 'Institutional' vs. 'economic' factors," ZEI Working Papers B 25-2002, University of Bonn, ZEI - Center for European Integration Studies.
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    trade theory; policy; institutional factors;
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    JEL classification:

    • A12 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines
    • B41 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Economic Methodology
    • F10 - International Economics - - Trade - - - General

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