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Specific and Ad Valorem Tariffs Are Not Equivalent in Trade Wars

  • Lockwood, B.
  • Wong, K.Y.

This note argues that when two countries choose optimal tariffs in a trade war, specific tariffs are not equivalent to ad valorem tariffs even if all markets are competitive. In particular, it shows that if a country's trading partener switches a specific tariff to an an valorem tariff that yields the same revenue at the initial trade point, the former country has an incentive to lower its tariffs.

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Paper provided by Exeter University, Department of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 9602.

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Length: 9 pages
Date of creation: 1996
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Handle: RePEc:exe:wpaper:9602
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  1. Tower, Edward, 1975. "The Optimum Quota and Retaliation," Review of Economic Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 42(4), pages 623-30, October.
  2. de Meza, David, 1979. "Commercial Policy Towards Multinational Monopolies-Reservations on Katrak," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 31(2), pages 334-37, July.
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