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Export Tax and Pricing Power

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  • Alexei Kireyev

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The paper models export taxation of a primary commodity in a large country under two hypotheses about the structure of its export market. The first is perfect competition among exporters, where there is an indefinite number of buyers of the local product and at least a partial pass-through of international prices to local producers. The second is an oligopsony, a market structure in some low-income countries where numerous scattered local producers face a few powerful exporters that can influence domestic prices. For both hypotheses, export taxation can be justified on efficiency grounds only for the country that adopts the tax. Designed correctly, a low export tax may be welfare-enhancing for that country but will always be welfare-reducing for its trading partners. The models of export taxation for both hypotheses are calibrated for the illustrative case of cocoa exports from Côte d’Ivoire.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 10/269.

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Length: 33
Date of creation: 01 Nov 2010
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:10/269

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Keywords: Agricultural exports; Cocoa; Commodity prices; Export markets; Export taxes; Low-income developing countries; Price structures; Taxation; export tax; exporters; perfect competition; world price; export market; export prices; export demand; export taxation; export price; terms of trade; elasticity of export; exporter; competitive market; export supply; imperfect competition; export tariff; trading partners; exporting country; domestic market; world market; world prices; export sector; domestic price; domestic producers; partial equilibrium; trade taxes; domestic export; agricultural commodities; local exporters; import demand; world trade organization; export market share; trade policies; multinational corporations; export revenue; world trade; domestic prices; multilateral context; volume of trade; trade effect; competition among producers; international trade; product differentiation; import duty; open economy macroeconomics; exportable commodity; global welfare; bilateral trade agreements; domestic demand; price discrimination; producer prices; international trade policy; income distribution; bilateral trade; domestic suppliers; free trade; open economy; trade agreements; international markets; trade gains; competitive fringe; price discovery; export quality; net welfare impact; market liberalization;

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  1. Vincenzo Denicolo & Massimo Matteuzzi, 2000. "Specific and Ad Valorem Taxation in Asymmetric Cournot Oligopolies," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer, vol. 7(3), pages 335-342, May.
  2. Yilmaz, Kamil, 1999. "Optimal export taxes in a multicountry framework," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 60(2), pages 439-465, December.
  3. Bandyopadhyay, Subhayu, 1996. "Growth, welfare and optimal trade taxes: a fallacy of composition," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 50(2), pages 369-380, August.
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Cited by:
  1. Olga Solleder, 2013. "Panel Export Taxes (PET) Dataset: New Data on Export Tax Rates," IHEID Working Papers 07-2013, Economics Section, The Graduate Institute of International Studies, revised 04 Apr 2013.
  2. Olga Solleder, 2013. "Trade Effects of Export Taxes," IHEID Working Papers 08-2013, Economics Section, The Graduate Institute of International Studies, revised 08 Apr 2013.

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