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Customs unions and the core

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Journal of International Economics
0022-1996
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
19
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DOI: 10.1016/0022-1996(85)90042-x

Abstract

Abstract Customs union formation is modeled as a two-stage game. In the first stage countries make coalitional choices according to core theory. In the second stage optimal tariffs are determined. This yields a theory that predicts which customs unions form. An example shows that a customs union can be an equilibrium even when both member countries do better at free trade.

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