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The Distributional Effects of U.S. Textile and Apparel Protection

  • Kenneth Hanson
  • Kenneth Reinert

A number of studies have estimated the effects of U.S. textile and apparel protection. Most of these studies have not addressed the impact of these protective measures on the distribution of household income. This paper addresses the income distribution issue using a computable general equilibrium model of the United States with a disaggregated household sector. We find that liberalization of textile and apparel import restraints improves the real income of all household categories, but does so more for higher income households. Therefore, liberalization of these protective measures will be slightly regressive. [F13, F14]

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal International Economic Journal.

Volume (Year): 11 (1997)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 1-12

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