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Losses of Tariff Preferencces and the Export Performance of the Less-Developed Countries

This paper presents cross-sectional estimates of influences on the shares of individual LDCs in US import markets during years in which US tariffs rose. The tariff increases were specific to country and product and they resulted from the withdrawal of benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences. The paper confirms the hypotheses that the negative impact of a tariff increase is stronger (a) the more elastic is the import demand, (b) the slower is the growth in demand, and (c) the smaller is the cost or quality advantage of an LDC. The latter is measured by several proxies, such as initial market shares and exchange rate changes.

Publication Information
Article Title: Losses of Tariff Preferencces and the Export Performance of the Less-Developed Countries
Journal: Journal of International Development (1994)
v. 6 iss. 4 pp. 361-371
Author(s): MacPhee, Craig R;  Oguledo, V.I.
Researcher Information
    
MacPhee, Craig R
MacPhee, Craig R
Emeritus
Expertise:
  • Emerging Markets and Transition Economies
  • Import Tariffs and Tax Policies
  • International Trade & Finance
Economics
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