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Tariffs, Capital Accumulation, and the Current Account in a Small Open Economy

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  • Sen, Partha
  • Turnovsky, Stephen J

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This paper analyzes the effects of tariffs in an intertemporal optimizing framework emphasizing the role of capital accumulation. Unanticipated permanent, anticipated temporary, and anticipated permanent increases in the tariff rate are considered. In all cases, the introduction of a tariff is contractionary both in the short run and in the long run. The declining capital stock is accompanied by a current account surplus. The response of savings is unclear. The model has the property that the steady state depends upon the initial stocks of assets. As a consequence of this, a temporary tariff has a permanent (contractionary) effect on the economy. Copyright 1989 by Economics Department of the University of Pennsylvania and the Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association.

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  • Sen, Partha & Turnovsky, Stephen J, 1989. "Tariffs, Capital Accumulation, and the Current Account in a Small Open Economy," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 30(4), pages 811-831, November.
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