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Terms-of-Trade Impacts of Trade Agreements and the Choice of Trade Policy

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  • Joachim Jarreau

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This paper studies the impacts and determinants of trade policy. I use data on applied tariff protection of world countries over 2001-2007 to estimate sector-level trade elasticities. I then calibrate a structural gravity model of world trade. I compute the impacts of trade agreements which were implemented and of those which were not. I find that expected real income gains predict the signing of PTAs. Decomposing these gains shows that domestic mill price increases, reflecting market access gains, have a larger impact than the impact on the consumer price index. I also find that larger expected gains from multilateral liberalization reduce the probability to engage in preferential agreements.

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  • Joachim Jarreau, 2014. "Terms-of-Trade Impacts of Trade Agreements and the Choice of Trade Policy," AMSE Working Papers 1430, Aix-Marseille School of Economics, Marseille, France, revised 11 Jul 2014.
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    Keywords

    international trade; preferential trade agreements; counter-factual estimation; trade creation and diversion;

    JEL classification:

    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation
    • F47 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Forecasting and Simulation: Models and Applications

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