Growth and welfare effects of unilateral trade liberalization with heterogeneous firms and asymmetric countries

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    Abstract

    How do reallocations across heterogeneous firms induced by unilateral trade liberalization affect long-run growth and welfare? To answer this question, we formulate a two-country model of endogenous growth, heterogeneous firms, and asymmetric countries. The relative wage and number of domestic varieties are endogenously determined. We show that even unilateral trade liberalization can raise the balanced growth rate. Although growth-enhancing trade liberalization is always welfare-enhancing in the symmetric country case, it does not generally ensure higher long-run welfare for at most one country because of asymmetric real wage effects caused by a change in the relative number of varieties.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)167-173
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of International Economics
    Volume109
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017 Nov 1

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    Keywords

    • Asymmetric countries
    • Endogenous growth
    • Heterogeneous firms
    • International knowledge spillovers
    • Unilateral trade liberalization

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Finance
    • Economics and Econometrics

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