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Tariff Reform in the Presence of Sector-Specific Distortions


  • John Beghin
  • Larry S. Karp


The problem of choosing second-best trade policies is modified by including sector-specific policies as well as tariffs. Formulae for the optimal tariff and sector-specific subsidy are derived and used to study the design of optimal policy menus. The theory is applied to a computable general equilibrium model of the U.S. economy that emphasizes agriculture. The model suggests that nonagriculture distortions do not provide a second-best argument for substantial levels of agricultural protection.

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  • John Beghin & Larry S. Karp, 1992. "Tariff Reform in the Presence of Sector-Specific Distortions," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 25(2), pages 294-309, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:25:y:1992:i:2:p:294-309

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    1. Beghin, John & Chang, Ruey-er, 1992. "Differentiated products and supply controls in the analysis of agricultural policy reform: the case of tobacco," Agricultural Economics, Blackwell, vol. 7(3-4), pages 301-315, October.
    2. Karp, Larry, 1997. "A Neoclassical View of Trade Liberalization," Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley, Working Paper Series qt13f2q378, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley.

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