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    Strategic Trade and Industrial Policy Towards Dynamic Oligopolies

    Leahy, Dermot (2000) Strategic Trade and Industrial Policy Towards Dynamic Oligopolies. Economic Journal, 110. pp. 484-508. ISSN 0013-0133

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    The theory of strategic trade policy has grown from precocious urchin to mature teenager and is now part of the central canon of international trade theory. Much of its initial appeal came from the fact that it appeared to provide a stronger justiÆcation for interventionist measures such as tariffs and export subsidies than traditional competitive theory. However, as is now well known, the specific policy recommendations of the theory are highly sensitive to changes in assumptions about firm behaviour, entry, and so on. For this reason, possibly a more important contribution of the theory is that it high- lights a key aspect of public policy in oligopolistic markets: that governments and firms are likely to differ in their ability to commit to future actions. Thus the desirability of intervention, whether an export subsidy as in Brander and Spencer (1985) or an export tax as in Eaton and Grossman (1986), derives from the government's assumed ability to commit to policies which will remain in force while firms take their decisions on outputs or prices. The optimal policy moves the home firm to the point which it would attain unaided if it had a Stackelberg first-mover advantage

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Strategic; Trade; Industrial Policy; Dynamic; Oligopolies;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Finance and Accounting
    Item ID: 8471
    Depositing User: Dermot Leahy
    Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2017 14:00
    Journal or Publication Title: Economic Journal
    Publisher: Wiley
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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