Reference : Trade, economic geography and the choice of product quality
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Business & economic sciences : Social economics
Trade, economic geography and the choice of product quality
Picard, Pierre M mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance (FDEF) > Center for Research in Economic Analysis (CREA) >]
Regional Science & Urban Economics
Elsevier Science
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[en] Monopolistic competition ; Endogenous quality ; Economic geography
[en] The present paper studies the effect of the choice of product quality on trade and location of
firms. We discuss a model where consumers have preferences for the quality of a set of differentiated varieties. Firms do not only develop and sell manufacturing varieties in a monopolistic competitive market but also determine the quality level of their varieties by investing in research and development. We explore the price and quality equilibrium properties when firms are immobile. We then consider a footloose capital model where capital is allocated to the manufacturing firms in the region offering the highest return. We show that the larger region produces varieties of higher quality and that the quality gap increases with larger asymmetries in region sizes and with larger trade costs. Finally, the home market effect is mitigated when firms choose their product quality.

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