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Policy Reversals, Lobby Groups and Economic Distortions

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  • Aldaba, Rafaelita M.

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This paper aims to review the impact of the various tariff legislations passed from 1998 to 2003 on the structure of protection in the Philippines. The paper finds that while the overall level of effective protection has declined, it has remained uneven as some selected sectors have continued to receive relatively high effective rates of protection. As such, the economic distortions that characterize our tariff structure have continued to prevail and have led to the inefficient use of resources. The tariff structure continues to favor the manufacture of highly protected import substitutes at the expense of exportables. Oftentimes, the favored sectors are intermediate goods like sugar, petrochemicals, float glass, and steel which are inputs to a lot of products. Since the tariffs on the inputs are higher than the outputs, the cost of production has remained high affecting the competitiveness of the user sectors. The large disparities in tariff protection has provided incentives for lobbying. Thus, sustaining the trade reforms and encouraging competition to promote efficiency and consumer welfare has been very difficult.

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Paper provided by Philippine Institute for Development Studies in its series Discussion Papers with number DP 2005-04.

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Length: 27
Date of creation: 2005
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Handle: RePEc:phd:dpaper:dp_2005-04

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Keywords: tariff structure; effective protection rate; trade policies;

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  1. Rafaelita M. ALDABA, 2012. "Trade Reforms, Competition, and Innovation in the Philippines," Working Papers, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) DP-2012-05, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).
  2. Erwin L. Corong, 2007. "Economic and Poverty Impacts of a Voluntary Carbon Reduction for a Small Liberalized Developing Economy: The Case of the Philippines," Working Papers, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei 2007.9, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
  3. Cororaton, Caesar B., 2008. "The Philippines: Shadow WTO Agricultural Domestic Support Notifications," IFPRI discussion papers, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 827, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  4. Rafaelita M. Aldaba, 2005. "The Impact of Market Reforms on Competition, Structure and Performance of the Philippine Economy," Trade Working Papers 22306, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
  5. Caesar B. Cororaton & Erwin L. Corong, 2006. "Agriculture-sector Policies and Poverty in the Philippines: a Computable General-Equilibrium (CGE) Analysis," Working Papers MPIA, PEP-MPIA 2006-09, PEP-MPIA.
  6. David, Cristina C. & Intal, Ponciano & Balisacan, Arsenio M., 2007. "Distortions to Agricultural Incentives in the Philippines," Agricultural Distortions Working Paper, World Bank 48477, World Bank.
  7. Aldaba, Rafaelita M., 2012. "Surviving Trade Liberalization in Philippine Manufacturing," Discussion Papers, Philippine Institute for Development Studies DP 2012-10, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.

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