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Tariff-Jumping Antidumping Duties

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  • Bruce A. Blonigen

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Using a newly constructed database, this paper examines the tariff-jumping response of all firm and product combinations subject to U.S. AD investigations from 1980-1990. The results strongly support the hypothesis that tariff-jumping is only a realistic option for multinational firms from industrialized countries. Because many firms subject to U.S. AD investigations and eventual duties do not have these characteristics, tariff-jumping of U.S. AD protection is relatively modest. It may also explain why developing countries have been more concerned about addressing AD protection in the WTO than industrialized countries. While the raw numbers show a high tariff-response rate for Japanese firms, this is due almost solely to the fact that many of these firms have substantial multinational experience, not due to any Japanese-specific response per se. I also find little evidence that certain U.S. Department of Commerce procedures that use information from the domestic petitioners (rather than the foreign firms) to calculate dumping margins has any impact on tariff-jumping responses.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 7776.

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Publication status: published as Blonigen, Bruce A. and Stephen E. Haynes. "Antidumping Investigations And The Pass-Through Of Antidumping Duties And Exchange Rates," American Economic Review, 2002, v92(4,Sep), 1044-1061.
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