Abstract

The behavior of a labor-managed firm (LMF) producing both for the domestic market and for export is analyzed assuming that it competes with a foreign profit-maximizing firm (PMF) in the export market. Conventional wisdom suggests that a LMF facing an increase of demand in the foreign market will cut sales in this market. We show that, with high enough sales in the domestic market, the LMF will sell less at home and more abroad after an introduction of an export subsidy. We also show that, under the same condition, the LMF will increase foreign sales after a devaluation of the domestic currency. Thus, the LMF reacts in a manner similar to that of a PMF.