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Effects of Tariffication: Tariffs, Quotas and VERs under Monopolistic Competition

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  • Jan G. Jorgensen
  • Philipp J. H. Schröder

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Recent rounds of GATT and later WTO have advocated widespread tariffication, meaning that existing non-tariff barriers be converted into import equivalent tariffs. From an economic point of view, the effects of such tariffication are not entirely clear. The paper presents a general equilibrium model with monopolistic competition to examine the welfare effects of tariffication. The ranking of pre- and post-tariffication welfare depends crucially on the nature of the initial trade barrier and the tariff tool applied. Tariffication using a specific (an ad valorem) tariff results in the same (a reduced) welfare level compared to an initial quota, whereas welfare is increased (the same) compared to an initial VER.

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Paper provided by DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research in its series Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin with number 269.

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Length: 25 p.
Date of creation: 2002
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Handle: RePEc:diw:diwwpp:dp269

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Keywords: Trade policy; tariffication; specific tariff; ad valorem tariff; quota; VER;

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