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Competing Communications Networks and International Trade

Fukushima, Marcelo and Kikuchi, Toru (2008): Competing Communications Networks and International Trade.

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Abstract

This paper investigates the effects of competing communication networks on trade patterns in a Chamberlinian-Ricardian model of monopolistically competitive firms with a continuum of industries that require communication services in production. We conclude that intraindustry trade between different networks is determined by the relative size of networks and technological differences, and that a network will not have an incentive to expand indefi- nitely, despite network externalities.

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