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Infectious disease outbreak and trade policy formulation

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  • Sheikh Shahnawaz

    () (California State University, Chico)

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This paper provides a framework to understand why a country might resort to a policy like an import ban when at risk from infectious disease outbreak overseas. Superior import-competing domestic production technologies, and over-reliance on taxing the public for government revenue, could lead to blocked trade. The results of the two-country political economy model lend support to the wide use of public health interventions to minimize infections, and highlight their role in promoting open trade policies.

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  • Sheikh Shahnawaz, 2011. "Infectious disease outbreak and trade policy formulation," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 31(4), pages 2959-2967.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-11-00646
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    Keywords

    Trade openness; infectious disease outbreak;

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    • F0 - International Economics - - General

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