Completing the EU Customs Union. The Effects of Trade Procedure Harmonization
AbstractA main component of customs unions is a common trade policy on imports from non-member countries. Trade policy covers both tariff and non-tariff barriers like trade procedures. We argue that since trade procedures vary markedly across EU countries, the EU is not, strictly speaking, a customs union. To illustrate this, we estimate the impact of trade procedures on exports from non-EU countries and find a highly statistically significant and negative effect. Simulating what the effects would be of harmonizing trade procedures, i.e. to actually complete the EU customs union, we find that aggregated exports to the EU would increase by 20 percent for the average exporter.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Research Institute of Industrial Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 848.
Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: 24 Aug 2010
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Publication status: Forthcoming as Persson, Maria and Yves Bourdet, 'Completing the EU Customs Union. The Effects of Trade Procedure Harmonization' in JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies.
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Customs Union; Economic Integration; European Union; Time Delays; Trade Facilitation; Trade Procedures;
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- Bourdet, Yves & Persson, Maria, 2010. "Completing the EU Customs Union. The Effects of Trade Procedure Harmonization," Working Papers 2010:7, Lund University, Department of Economics.
- C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
- F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
- O24 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Trade Policy; Factor Movement; Foreign Exchange Policy
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2010-09-18 (All new papers)
- NEP-EEC-2010-09-18 (European Economics)
- NEP-EUR-2010-09-18 (Microeconomic European Issues)
- NEP-INT-2010-09-18 (International Trade)
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