An empirical model of mark-ups in a quality-differentiated export market

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This paper develops an empirical model to allow for imperfect competition in the market for traded goods. A simultaneous equation model incorporating the demand for and supply of Taiwanese footwear exports to the United States is specified and estimated. The model allows the identification of two separate sources of mark-ups in export prices. The first comes from the U.S.-imposed quantitative restriction on these exports. The second comes from imperfect competition in the international market for these exports. The results suggest competitive behavior by Taiwanese footwear exporters. The quantitative restriction resulted in a 16.9 percent mark-up of prices over marginal cost.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)327-344
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of International Economics
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Nov 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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