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Relative Performance in Bilateral Trade


Ewerhart, Christian (2007). Relative Performance in Bilateral Trade. Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics No. 327, University of Zurich.

Abstract

Concerns for relative performance are integrated into a model of contractual renegotiation in bilateral trade. It is shown that concernsnfor relative performance do never impede efficient trade. Moreover, conditional on renegotiation to occur, concerns for relative performance tend to mitigate material rent expropriation. However, concerns for relative performance make the occurrence of renegotiation more likely, and may thereby lead to underinvestment even in very optimistic environments. The analysis suggests an explanation for the occurrence of the Druzhba pipeline conflictnbetween Russia and Belarus in January 2007.

Abstract

Concerns for relative performance are integrated into a model of contractual renegotiation in bilateral trade. It is shown that concernsnfor relative performance do never impede efficient trade. Moreover, conditional on renegotiation to occur, concerns for relative performance tend to mitigate material rent expropriation. However, concerns for relative performance make the occurrence of renegotiation more likely, and may thereby lead to underinvestment even in very optimistic environments. The analysis suggests an explanation for the occurrence of the Druzhba pipeline conflictnbetween Russia and Belarus in January 2007.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Institute for Empirical Research in Economics (former)
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:June 2007
Deposited On:29 Nov 2011 22:47
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 10:14
Series Name:Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics
ISSN:1424-0459
Official URL:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/wp.html

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