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The Impact of Special Interests on Preferential Tariff Concessions by the United States

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This paper provides empirical evidence on the relative impact of the generalized system of preferences, adopted in 1975, and the Caribbean Basin Initiative, adopted in 1983, on the pattern of U.S. imports of manufactured goods from the target areas at the four-digit level in 1984. Imports from Brazil, Mexico, South America, the Caribbean Basin, and all eligible countries are each analyzed. The author provides evidence that existing preferential agreements have failed to offset the bias in U.S. protection against competitive exports from developing countries and explains why one might have predicted such an outcome. Copyright 1987 by MIT Press.

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  • Ray, Edward John, 1987. "The Impact of Special Interests on Preferential Tariff Concessions by the United States," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 69(2), pages 187-193, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:69:y:1987:i:2:p:187-93
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    1. Narayanan, Badri G. & Hertel, Thomas W. & Horridge, J. Mark, 2010. "Disaggregated data and trade policy analysis: The value of linking partial and general equilibrium models," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 27(3), pages 755-766, May.
    2. Silva, Peri, 2011. "The role of importers and exporters in the determination of the U.S. tariff preferences granted to Latin America," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 94(2), pages 207-219, March.
    3. Gould, David M. & Woodbridge, Graeme L., 1995. "Building trade barriers and knocking them down: the political economy of unilateral trade liberalizations," Working Papers 9505, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
    4. Gould, David M. & Woodbridge, Graeme L., 1998. "The political economy of retaliation, liberalization and trade wars," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 14(1), pages 115-137, February.
    5. 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.
    6. Edward Ray, 1989. "The impact of rent seeking activity on U.S. preferential trade and World debt," Review of World Economics (Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv), Springer;Institut für Weltwirtschaft (Kiel Institute for the World Economy), vol. 125(3), pages 619-638, September.
    7. Gould, David M. & Woodbridge, Graeme L., 1993. "Retaliation, liberalization, and trade wars: the political economy of nonstrategic trade policy," Working Papers 9323, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
    8. Gould, David M. & Woodbridge, Graeme L., 1993. "Retaliation, liberalization, and trade wars: the political economy of nonstrategic trade policy," Working Papers 9329, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
    9. Narayanan, Badri & Thomas Hertel & Mark Horridge, 2010. "Linking Partial and General Equilibrium Models: A GTAP Application Using TASTE," GTAP Technical Papers 3192, Center for Global Trade Analysis, Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University.

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