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On the Static and Dynamic Costs of Trade Restrictions

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  • Charles van Marrewijk

    (Department of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam)

  • Koen Berden

    (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

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We analyze the costs of trade restrictions for a small developing economy. Capital goods are only introduced on the market if it is profitable to do so. The economy evolves to a balanced growth path in which income, welfare, and the share of introduced capital goods increase if trade restrictions fall. The adjustment path is asymmetric: an increase in trade restrictions will slow-down economic growth, while a decrease may give rise to a rapid catch-up process. The static costs of trade restrictions are smaller than the dynamic costs if, and only if, it changes the share of introduced capital goods.

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Paper provided by University of Adelaide, School of Economics in its series School of Economics Working Papers with number 2004-06.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: 2004
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Handle: RePEc:adl:wpaper:2004-06

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Keywords: growth; development; static and dynamic costs; trade restrictions; new goods;

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  1. Van Marrewijk, Charles & Berden, Koen G., 2007. "On the static and dynamic costs of trade restrictions for small developing countries," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 84(1), pages 46-60, September.

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