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Backfiring with backhaul problems: Trade and Industrial Policies with Endogenous Transport Costs

Jota Ishikawa and Nori Tarui ()

No HIAS-E-12, Discussion paper series from Hitotsubashi Institute for Advanced Study, Hitotsubashi University

Abstract: Trade barriers due to transport costs are as large as those due to tariffs. This paper explicitly incorporates the transport sector into the framework of international oligopoly and studies the effects of trade and industrial policies. Transport firms need to commit to a shipping capacity sufficient for a round trip, with a possible imbalance of shipping volumes in two directions. Because of this "backhaul problem", trade restrictions may backfire: domestic import restrictions may also decrease domestic exports, possibly harming domestic firms and benefiting foreign firms. In addition, trade policy in one sector may affect other independent sectors.

Keywords: Transport firm; transport cost; trade policy; industrial policy; international oligopoly (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F12 F13 R40 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 44, [14] p.
Date: 2015-10
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Related works:
Working Paper: Backfiring with Backhaul Problems: Trade and Industrial Policies with Endogenous Transport Costs (2017) Downloads
Working Paper: Backfiring with Backhaul Problems: Trade and industrial policies with endogenous transport costs (2016) Downloads
Working Paper: Backfiring with backhaul problems: Trade and Industrial Policies with Endogenous Transport Costs (2015) Downloads
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