Trading Blocs and Welfare: How Trading Bloc Members are Affected by New Entrants
25 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2006
Date Written: June 1998
This paper uses the three-country duopoly model to examine the effects of lowered trade barriers when a new entrant joins a trading bloc. There are two firmsa small-country firm and a large-country firm within the blocand three marketstwo within and one (new entrant`s) outside the bloc. The analysis generally shows greater gains for the small-country than for the large-country firm. The small-country firm will export more to the external country than the large-country firm. But if tariffs decline, the export share of the large-country firm will increase relative to the small-country firm`s, though profits will improve more for the latter.
Keywords: Trading Blocs, Duopoly, Tariffs
JEL Classification: F15, F10, D43, D60
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