Import Sensitive Products and Perverse Tariff-Rate Quota Liberalization
AbstractThis paper shows that a Tariff-Rate-Quotaâ€™s (TRQ) minimum access expansion can perversely trigger domestic price increases. Often, TRQs have prohibitive over-quota tariffs to mimic import-quotas, in providing minimum market access. In the WTOâ€™s Doha Round, it is likely that countries using TRQs will avoid aggressive tariff reductions if they increase the quota portion of TRQs. We show that when the import price lies between the unit cost of production and the price received by domestic upstream firms, an increase in import quota as a share of domestic production may cause an increase in the domestic retail price.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 34570.
Date of creation: 13 Aug 2012
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Publication status: Published in Canadian Journal of Economics, August 2012, vol. 45 no. 3, pp. 903-924
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- Sébastien Pouliot & Bruno Larue, 2012. "Import sensitive products and perverse tariff-rate quota liberalization," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 45(3), pages 903-924, August.
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