研討日期

2016416日上午10:20 ~ 12:00

研討地點

台大社會科學院710討論室

主講題目

International Competition in Vertically Differentiated Markets with Innovation and Imitation: Trade Policy Versus Free Trade

作者

EUGEN KOVAC and KRESIMIR  ZIGIC

文獻出處

Economica

主講人

蔡明芳

參加人員

王光正、林晏如、曹古駒、張博涵、劉乙人、呂得成、高國峯、鍾暳陵、梁文榮、蔡明芳、黃鴻、陳金盛、彭正浩、王羿傑、周冰瑤、丁虹仁、張瑞雲

摘要

The competition between firms from developed (DC) and less developed countries (LDC) is typically in vertically differentiated products. We consider a model of price competition between DC and LDC firms with quality choice and imitation, and study the effects of ex post tariffs. The government faces a choice between commitment to free trade and imposing a tariff. Tariffs can lead to change in the rank of qualities compared to free trade. We identify conditions under which this quality reversal takes place, and show that quality reversal is necessary for trade policy to be superior to free trade in welfare terms.