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Incremental Protection and Efficient Political Choice between Tariffs and Quotas

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  • William H. Kaempfer
  • J. Harold, Jr McClure
  • Thomas D. Willett

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This paper offers a new political economy explanation for the increasing use in recent years of quotas instead of, or in combination with, tariffs as a form of trade protection. The authors show that, under domestic monopoly, the comparative efficiency of tariffs and quotas in achieving political objectives will vary depending on the nature of the market and the level of protection. At high levels of protection, quotas can become more politically efficient than tariffs. They also show that, at low levels of protection, a price equivalent quota may not exist.

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  • William H. Kaempfer & J. Harold, Jr McClure & Thomas D. Willett, 1989. "Incremental Protection and Efficient Political Choice between Tariffs and Quotas," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 22(2), pages 228-236, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:22:y:1989:i:2:p:228-36
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    1. LAPAN, Harvey E. & LARUE, Bruno, 1995. "Monopoly Power in Domestic Production, Smuggling, and the Non-Equivalence Between Tariffs and Quotas," Cahiers de recherche 9526, Université Laval - Département d'économique.
    2. Larue, Bruno & Gervais, Jean-Philippe & Pouliot, Sebastien, 2007. "Should tariff-rate quotas mimic quotas?: Implications for trade liberalization under a supply management policy," The North American Journal of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 18(3), pages 247-261, December.
    3. Limão, Nuno & Tovar, Patricia, 2011. "Policy choice: Theory and evidence from commitment via international trade agreements," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 85(2), pages 186-205.
    4. William Kaempfer & Thomas Willett, 1989. "Combining rent-seeking and public choice theory in the analysis of tariffs versus quotas," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 63(1), pages 79-86, October.

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