Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/17894
Authors: 
Raff, Horst
Schmitt, Nicolas
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
Kiel Working Paper 1431
Abstract: 
This paper investigates the implications for international markets of the existence of retailers/wholesalers with market power. Two main results are shown. First, in the presence of buyer power trade liberalization may lead to retail market concentration. Due to this concentration retail prices may be higher and welfare may be lower in free trade than in autarky, thus reversing the standard effects of trade liberalization. Second, the pro-competitive effects of trade liberalization are weaker under buyer power than under seller power.
Subjects: 
buyer power
retailing
international trade
JEL: 
F15
F12
L13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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