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Trade Reform Diagnostics with Many Households, Quotas, and Tariffs

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  • James E. Anderson

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    (Boston College)

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The desirability of trade reform paired with revenue neutral changes in other distortionary taxes is an empirical question. With a particular Computable General Equilibrium model of an economy, particular reforms can be evaluated, but the robustness of conclusions is suspect; they depend on a particular specification and parameterization of the model economy. This paper provides a diagnostic toolkit which permits sensitivity analysis across model specifications and parameterizations. Novel elements are an emphasis on the concept of compensated Marginal Cost of Funds (MCF), development of the MCF of quotas and analysis of the relationship between aggregate MCF and social welfare.

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Paper provided by Boston College Department of Economics in its series Boston College Working Papers in Economics with number 417.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 05 Feb 1999
Date of revision: 03 May 2000
Publication status: published, Review of International Economics, 2002, 10, 215-36
Handle: RePEc:boc:bocoec:417

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Keywords: Marginal cost of funds; trade reform;

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  1. Francois, Joseph & Rojas-Romagosa, Hugo, 2010. "Household Inequality, Social Welfare, and Trade," CEPR Discussion Papers 7998, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. Knud Munk, 2008. "Tax-tariff reform with costs of tax administration," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer, vol. 15(6), pages 647-667, December.
  3. M. Shahe Emran & Joseph E. Stiglitz, 2002. "On Selective Indirect Tax Reform in Developing Countries," International Trade 0210003, EconWPA.
  4. Joseph Francis Francois & Hugo ROJAS-ROMAGOSA, 2008. "Equity and International Trade," Economics working papers 2008-14, Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria.

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