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The Growth and Welfare Consequences of Differential Tariffs

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  • Brock, Philip L
  • Turnovsky, Stephen J

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This paper analyzes the impact of differential tariffs on consumption and investment in a specific factors model of a small open economy in which capital is accumulated over time. Particular attention is devoted to the welfare aspects, highlighting the cost of the intertemporal distortions produced by protective trade policies. Several specific welfare propositions are obtained. First, tariff protection is shown to create short-run benefits but long-run costs in welfare. Second, the second-best policy for the two tariffs is characterized. Finally, several propositions summarizing the implications of the authors' analysis for tariff reform are derived. Copyright 1993 by Economics Department of the University of Pennsylvania and the Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association.

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  • Brock, Philip L & Turnovsky, Stephen J, 1993. "The Growth and Welfare Consequences of Differential Tariffs," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 34(4), pages 765-794, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:ier:iecrev:v:34:y:1993:i:4:p:765-94
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    10. Jenny Ligthart & Gerard C. van der Meijden, 2010. "Coordinated Tax-Tariff Reforms, Informality, and Welfare Distribution," CESifo Working Paper Series 3107, CESifo Group Munich.
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    16. Dinopoulos, Elias & Syropoulos, Constantinos, 1997. "Tariffs and Schumpeterian growth," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 42(3-4), pages 425-452, May.

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