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Trade diversion from tomato suspension agreements

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  • Kathy Baylis
  • Jeffrey M. Perloff

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Trade barriers can cause output to be diverted to other countries and into other products. We study the effect of a voluntary price restraint (VPR) on Mexican tomatoes entering the United States. The diversion caused by the VPR is statistically and economically significant - representing over four-fifths of the direct effects of the trade barrier. When the VPR was binding, Mexico exported more tomatoes to Canada, the United States cut back on exports while Canada increased their exports to the United States. The VPR also diverted fresh tomatoes in Mexico into paste production, which was then exported to the United States.

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Article provided by Canadian Economics Association in its journal Canadian Journal of Economics.

Volume (Year): 43 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 127-151

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Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:43:y:2010:i:1:p:127-151

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Cited by:
  1. Tibor Besedeš & Thomas J. Prusa, 2013. "Antidumping and the Death of Trade," NBER Working Papers 19555, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Lawley, Chad, 2013. "Protectionism versus risk in screening for invasive species," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 65(3), pages 438-451.
  3. Jung, Jione, 2009. "Effects Of The Suspension Agreement: U.S.-Mexico Fresh Tomatoes Antidumping Case," 2009 Annual Meeting, July 26-28, 2009, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 49285, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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