Tarasov, Alexander (2008): Trade Liberalization and Welfare Inequality: a Demand-Based Approach.
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There is strong evidence that different income groups consume different bundles of goods. This evidence suggests that trade liberalization can affect welfare inequality within a country via changes in the relative prices of goods consumed by different income groups (the price effect). In this paper, I develop a framework that enables us to explore the role of the price effect in determining welfare inequality. There are two core elements in the model. First, I assume that heterogenous in income consumers share identical but nonhomothetic preferences. Secondly, I consider a monopolistic competition environment that leads to variable markups affected by trade and trade costs. I find that trade liberalization does affect the prices of different goods differently and, as a result, can benefit some income classes more than others. In particular, I show that the relative welfare of the rich with respect to that of the poor has a hump shape as a function of trade costs.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Trade Liberalization and Welfare Inequality: a Demand-Based Approach|
|Keywords:||nonhomothetic preferences, income distribution, monopolistic competition.|
|Subjects:||F - International Economics > F1 - Trade > F12 - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies ; Fragmentation|
|Depositing User:||Alexander Tarasov|
|Date Deposited:||22. Jan 2010 15:43|
|Last Modified:||13. Feb 2013 03:24|
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