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How much do tariffs matter? Evidence from the customs union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia

  • Asel Isakova

    (EBRD)

  • Zsoka Koczan

    (University of Cambridge)

  • Alexander Plekhanov

    ()

    (EBRD)

This paper looks at how the formation of a customs union between Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia and associated changes in import schedules affected the structure of imports of the three member countries. The results suggest that the benefits of the new tariff policy to member countries are limited at best. Larger benefits could come from a gradual removal of non-tariff barriers.

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Paper provided by European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Office of the Chief Economist in its series Working Papers with number 154.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2013
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Publication status: Published in Working papers 154, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Handle: RePEc:ebd:wpaper:154
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  1. Thompson, William R. & Reuveny, Rafael, 1998. "Tariffs and Trade Fluctuations: Does Protectionism Matter as Much as We Think?," International Organization, Cambridge University Press, vol. 52(02), pages 421-440, March.
  2. Alexander Plekhanov & Asel Isakova, 2012. "Customs Union and Kazakhstan's Imports," CASE Network Studies and Analyses 442, CASE-Center for Social and Economic Research.
  3. Veronika Zavacka, 2012. "The bullwhip effect and the Great Trade Collapse," Working Papers 148, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Office of the Chief Economist.
  4. Debaere, Peter & Mostashari, Shalah, 2010. "Do tariffs matter for the extensive margin of international trade? An empirical analysis," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 81(2), pages 163-169, July.
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