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Some Measures Of Levels Of Protection In Australia'S Rural Industries


  • Harris, S.F.


The present paper considers briefly some conceptual issues associated with, the measurement of protection and presents estimates of the level of protection received by a number of Australia's rural industries. It then discusses briefly some factors relevant to the interpretation of these measures, particularly in making comparisons between protection accorded to agriculture and that accorded to secondary industry. In considering the estimates of protection levels provided, it is necessary to recognise two things: first, that the estimates are very approximate, doing little more than suggest orders of magnitude; second, that they have a limited meaning and must be used with caution. Providing these limitations are recognised, such estimates can serve a useful function; the alternative to attempts at explicit quantitative measurement is frequently implicit quantitative assessment based on imperfect or incomplete information.

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  • Harris, S.F., 1964. "Some Measures Of Levels Of Protection In Australia'S Rural Industries," Australian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 8(2), pages 1-21, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:ajaeau:22656
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.22656

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    1. Kym Anderson & Peter Lloyd & Donald Maclaren, 2007. "Distortions to Agricultural Incentives in Australia Since World War II," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 83(263), pages 461-482, December.
    2. Anderson, Kym & Lattimore, Ralph G. & Lloyd, Peter J. & MacLaren, Donald, 2007. "Distortions to Agricultural Incentives in Australia and New Zealand," 2007 Conference (51st), February 13-16, 2007, Queenstown, New Zealand 10407, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
    3. Peter Lloyd & Peter Lloyd, 2013. "Relative Assistance to Agriculture and Manufacturing since Federation," Department of Economics - Working Papers Series 1173, The University of Melbourne.
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    5. Llyod, Peter & MacLaren, Donald, 2015. "Relative assistance to Australian agriculture and manufacturing since Federation," Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 59(2), April.


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