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New Estimates of the Average Tariff of the United States, 1790-1820

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  • Doulgas A. Irwin
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    This paper presents new estimates of the average tariff on total and dutiable U.S. imports from 1790 to 1820. These previously unavailable series are comparable to the tariff figures available from 1821 in the Historical Statistics of the United States. These early tariffs were much lower, on average, than those imposed later in the nineteenth century. The paper stresses the importance of deducting drawbacks (tariff rebates on imported goods that are subsequently re-exported) from total customs revenue in calculating the average tariff and briefly examines the structure of tariffs across goods.

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    Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 9616.

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    Date of creation: Apr 2003
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    Publication status: published as Irwin, Douglas A. "New Estimates Of The Average Tariff Of The United States, 1790-1820," Journal of Economic History, 2003, v63(2,Jun), 506-513.
    Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:9616

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    1. Goldin, Claudia D. & Lewis, Frank D., 1980. "The role of exports in American economic growth during the napoleonic wars, 1793 to 1807," Explorations in Economic History, Elsevier, vol. 17(1), pages 6-25, January.
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    1. Olivier Accominotti & Marc Flandreau, 2006. "Does Bilateralism Promote Trade? Nineteenth Century Liberalization Revisited," Sciences Po publications n°5423, Sciences Po.
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    3. Yilmaz Akyuz, 2005. "The WTO Negotiations on Industrial Tariffs: What is at Stake for Developing Countries?," Working Papers 2005/8, Turkish Economic Association.

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