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Political Pressure and the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences

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  • James M. DeVault

    (Lafayette College)

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The U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) provides preferential tariff treatment to imports from developing countries. This paper examines the political and economic criteria that determine which products are eligible for GSP treatment. Particular attention is paid to the role that domestic industries play in determining eligibility. The study finds that active opposition by domestic industries substantially reduces the probability that eligibility is granted. Because domestic opposition is more likely when expected increases in imports are large, this opposition limits the benefits provided by the U.S. GSP.

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  • James M. DeVault, 1996. "Political Pressure and the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 22(1), pages 35-46, Winter.
  • Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:22:y:1996:i:1:p:35-46
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    1. Emily Blanchard & Xenia Matschke, 2015. "U.S. Multinationals and Preferential Market Access," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 97(4), pages 839-854, October.
    2. Ozden, Caglar & Reinhardt, Eric, 2005. "The perversity of preferences: GSP and developing country trade policies, 1976-2000," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 78(1), pages 1-21, October.
    3. Miriam Manchin, 2006. "Preference Utilisation and Tariff Reduction in EU Imports from ACP Countries," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 29(9), pages 1243-1266, September.
    4. Manchin, Miriam, 2005. "Preference utilization and tariff reduction in European Union imports from African, Caribbean, and Pacific countries," Policy Research Working Paper Series 3688, The World Bank.

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    Keywords

    Developing Countries; Import; Tariff;

    JEL classification:

    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • O19 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations

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