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Political Pressure and the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences

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  • James M. DeVault

    (Lafayette College)

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    The U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) provides preferential tariff treatment to imports from developing countries. This paper examines the political and economic criteria that determine which products are eligible for GSP treatment. Particular attention is paid to the role that domestic industries play in determining eligibility. The study finds that active opposition by domestic industries substantially reduces the probability that eligibility is granted. Because domestic opposition is more likely when expected increases in imports are large, this opposition limits the benefits provided by the U.S. GSP.

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    Article provided by Eastern Economic Association in its journal Eastern Economic Journal.

    Volume (Year): 22 (1996)
    Issue (Month): 1 (Winter)
    Pages: 35-46

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    Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:22:y:1996:i:1:p:35-46

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    Keywords: Developing Countries; Import; Tariff;

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    Cited by:
    1. Emily Blanchard & Xenia Matschke, 2010. "U.S. Multinationals and Preferential Market Access," Research Papers in Economics 2010-08, University of Trier, Department of Economics.
    2. Ozden, Caglar & Reinhardt, Eric, 2003. "The perversity of preferences : GSP and developing country trade policies, 1976 - 2000," Policy Research Working Paper Series 2955, The World Bank.
    3. Manchin, Miriam, 2005. "Preference utilization and tariff reduction in European Union imports from African, Caribbean, and Pacific countries," Policy Research Working Paper Series 3688, The World Bank.

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