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The causes and consequences of steel subsidization in Germany

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  • Gerken, Egbert
  • Gross, Martin
  • Lächler, Ulrich
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    The purpose of this essay is to investigate the possible economic consequences of the recent German steel subsidy program and assess to what extent those consequences conform with the objectives which motivated that program's adoption. The paper is organized as follows: Particular developments in the steel industry are briefly described in section II, while in section III, the political economy of protection in Germany is examined to determine the primary beneficiaries of previous protectionist policies. Both serve as a basis for identifying the revealed political objectives behind the current steel program. The next step is to simulate the economic consequences of a decline in the world market price of steel in the absence of any government intervention, using a multi-sectoral general equilibrium model of an open economy that resembles Germany. The economic impacts of a sectoral policy response and a regional policy response are then likewise examined and compared. This occurs in section V. The main elements and assumptions of the model used are outlined in section IV; the complete model specification is presented in an appendix. Conclusions are drawn in section VI.

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    Paper provided by Kiel Institute for the World Economy in its series Kiel Working Papers with number 214.

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    Date of creation: 1984
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    1. Cheh, John H., 1974. "United States concessions in the Kennedy Round and short-run labor adjustment costs," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 4(4), pages 323-340, November.
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    1. Gerken, Egbert & Gross, Martin, 1985. "A structural policy model for the Federal Republic of Germany," Kiel Working Papers 240, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.

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