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Did U.S. Safeguard Resuscitate Harley Davidson in the 1980s?

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  • KITANO Taiju
  • OHASHI Hiroshi

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This paper examines the effect of U.S. safeguard on motorcycle imports in the period from 1983 to 1987. After receiving the temporary protection with the maximum tariff of more than 45%, Harley Davidson drastically recovered its sales. The paper conducts structural analyses of the motorcycle market, and finds that the safeguard contributed merely a fraction of Harley Davidson's profit. This finding is primarily due to small cross-price elasticity of demand between American and Japanese motorcycle models.

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  • KITANO Taiju & OHASHI Hiroshi, 2007. "Did U.S. Safeguard Resuscitate Harley Davidson in the 1980s?," Discussion papers 07026, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).
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    1. Deborah L. Swenson, 2012. "The Influence of Chinese Trade Policy on Automobile Assembly and Parts," CESifo Economic Studies, CESifo, vol. 58(4), pages 703-730, December.
    2. Jan De Loecker & Johannes Van Biesebroeck, 2016. "Effect of International Competition on Firm Productivity and Market Power," NBER Working Papers 21994, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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