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Poisoned Grapes, Mad Cows and Protectionism

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  • Eduardo M.R.A. Engel

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This paper studies two episodes where a ban on imports was imposed to safeguard people's health. The rst case is the poisoned grapes crisis involving Chile and the United States in 1989. The second is the "mad cows" dispute, which broke out in 1996, between the United Kingdom and the European Union. These case studies motivate a new denition of "protectionist measure" which is applied to argue that the European Union's ban on British beef exports was not protectionist, while the US ban on Chilean fruit possibly classies as such a measure.

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Paper provided by Centro de Economía Aplicada, Universidad de Chile in its series Documentos de Trabajo with number 76.

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Date of creation: 2000
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Handle: RePEc:edj:ceauch:76

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  1. Darby, Michael R & Karni, Edi, 1973. "Free Competition and the Optimal Amount of Fraud," Journal of Law and Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 16(1), pages 67-88, April.
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  1. Klimenko, Mikhail M., 2009. "Policies and international trade agreements on technical compatibility for industries with network externalities," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 77(2), pages 151-166, April.
  2. Pierpaolo Battigalli & Giovanni Maggi, 2003. "International agreements on product standards: an incomplete-contracting theory," Working Papers 229, IGIER (Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research), Bocconi University.

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