On Trade Policy Reform and the Missing Revenue: an Application to Mozambique
AbstractIn many developing countries, large discrepancies exist between revenues implied by published tariff rates multiplied by estimated import volumes and actual receipts. We develop a stylized trade model where average and marginal tariff rates diverge and incorporate insights from this model into a computable general equilibrium model of Mozambique to study the implications of trade policy reform. Model simulations indicate that lowering tariff rates and reducing duty free importation in a manner that maintains official revenue benefits nearly everyone with the main exception being those, who benefited from duty free imports in the base.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 04-19.
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trade policy; public revenue; Mozambique;
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- Channing Arndt & Sherman Robinson & Finn Tarp, 2006. "Trade Reform and Gender in Mozambique," Nordic Journal of Political Economy, Nordic Journal of Political Economy, Nordic Journal of Political Economy, vol. 32, pages 73-89.
- Arndt, Channing, 2005. "The Doha Trade Round and Mozambique," Policy Research Working Paper Series 3717, The World Bank.
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