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Impact of Changes in Tariffs on Developing Countries' Government Revenue

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  • Przemyslaw Kowalski

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This paper addresses tariff revenue concerns that some countries have been expressing in the context of the current multilateral trade negotiations under the Doha Development Agenda. This paper: discusses methodological issues associated with estimating revenue impacts; provides impact estimates for a sample of developing countries; links the differences in impacts to cross-country differences in existing tariff regimes as well as properties of formulas for tariff cuts; and, discusses efficient tax replacement policies and past experiences. Additionally, the paper presents results of a simulation of the welfare effects of reducing tariffs and simultaneously replacing lost tariff revenues with revenues from consumption tax. It concludes with some policy implications.

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Paper provided by OECD Publishing in its series OECD Trade Policy Papers with number 18.

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Date of creation: 18 Apr 2005
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Handle: RePEc:oec:traaab:18-en

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Keywords: CGE simulation; tariff reductions formulas; tariffs; government revenue; multilateral trade negotiations;

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Cited by:
  1. Sam LAIRD, 2007. "Aid for Trade: Cool Aid or Kool-Aid?," G-24 Discussion Papers 48, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.
  2. James Scott, 2012. "Squeezing the state: tariff revenue, state capacity and the WTO’s Doha Round," Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper Series 16912, BWPI, The University of Manchester.
  3. Yongzheng Yang & Sanjeev Gupta, 2005. "Regional Trade Arrangements in Africa," IMF Working Papers 05/36, International Monetary Fund.
  4. Yongzheng Yang, 2005. "Africa in the Doha Round," IMF Policy Discussion Papers 05/8, International Monetary Fund.

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