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Green policies in a small open economy

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  • Bovenberg, A.L.

    (Tilburg University)

  • Ploeg, F. van der

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In this paper we develop techniques for measuring the trade policy equivalent of domestic distortions, using a distance function approach. Our measure, the Trade Restrictiveness Index, is shown to equal the uniform tariff which is welfare-equivalent to a given pattern of domestic taxes and subsidies. We extend the Index to incorporate taxes on non-traded goods and factor markets and illustrate its operationality with an application to liberalization in Mexican agriculture. We conclude that our Index has considerable potential in empirical work and as an aid to trade negotiators.

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Paper provided by Tilburg University in its series Open Access publications from Tilburg University with number urn:nbn:nl:ui:12-152986.

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Date of creation: 1994
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Publication status: Published in Scandinavian Journal of Economics (1994) v.96, p.343-363
Handle: RePEc:ner:tilbur:urn:nbn:nl:ui:12-152986

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