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New Data and Analysis on Non-tariff Measures in Agri-food Trade

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  • Gervais, Jean-Philippe
  • Larue, Bruno
  • Otsuki, Tsunehiro
  • Rau, Marie-Luise
  • Shutes, Karl
  • Wieck, Christine
  • Winchester, Niven

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We outline new data on non-tariff measures (NTMs) in agricultural trade collected as part of the NTM-Impact project. The data cover product and process standards, conformity assessment measures, and country requirements for the EU and 10 other countries. We create a Heterogeneity Index of Trade (HIT) regulations to aggregate data on different measures, and estimate the impact of regulatory heterogeneity on trade using a gravity framework. Our results suggest that differences in standards reduce trade in beef and pig meat, but have little impact on trade in other agri-food products.

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Paper provided by Agricultural and Applied Economics Association in its series 2011 Annual Meeting, July 24-26, 2011, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with number 103730.

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Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea11:103730

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Keywords: Non-tariff measures (NTMs); import requirements; agri-food trade; gravity estimation; Agricultural and Food Policy; International Relations/Trade;

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