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On Tariff Preferences And Delegation Decisions In Customs Unions: A Heckscher--Ohlin Approach

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  • Constantinos Syropoulos

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This paper studies preferences of customs union (CU) members over common external tariff (CET) levels and extends the literature on delegation decisions over trade policy in models with production. In a model with similar CU members, we prove that most--preferred CETs can be ranked with the help of compensated price elasticities of import demand functions. In the Heckscher--Ohlin trade model, we show these elasticities depend on inter--country differences in relative factor endowments and inter--sectoral differences in technology. This helps identify the optimal policy maker in a CU and demonstrates delegation decisions over trade policy can be integrated into mainstream trade theory. Copyright 2002 Royal Economic Society

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  • Constantinos Syropoulos, 2002. "On Tariff Preferences And Delegation Decisions In Customs Unions: A Heckscher--Ohlin Approach," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 112(481), pages 625-648, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:112:y:2002:i:481:p:625-648
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