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Wedges: Distribution, Distortions, and Market Integration

Giuseppe Bertola

No 11980, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: This paper proposes a stylized model of policy determination and imperfect international integration. A policy wedge aims to correct laissez-faire market imperfections and/or redistribute welfare across heterogeneous agents. Policy is subject to both race-to-the-bottom and beggar-thy-neighbor forces if the country's politico-economic equilibrium interacts with the rest of the world. Variation of international market wedges induces patterns of country-specific regulation and deregulation that depend on political and structural features in non-obvious, intuitive, and empirically realistic ways.

Keywords: Capital mobility.; Policy competition (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D33 F02 J08 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017-04
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