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Tariffs dispersion in France between 1850 and 1913, contribution to tariff growth paradox (In French)

  • Stéphane BECUWE (GREThA, CNRS, UMR 5113)
  • Bertrand BLANCHETON (GREThA, CNRS, UMR 5113)
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    This contribution reveals for the first time to our knowledge, the existence of a dispersion of tariffs of France by origin of goods between 1850 and 1913. If any part of this dispersion results from bias in the constitution of the classifications of General-Table of Trade of France, it nevertheless reveals the existence of discriminatory practices against certain countries for certain products. The principle of this tariff dispersion (which is not specific to France) introduces doubts about the robustness of the empirical work conducted on the theme of the correlation between growth and customs tariff (tariff-growth paradox) and how which was treated the theme of effective protection. We believe it should pave the way for work to reintroduce the country dimension in the study of trade policy late nineteenth century.

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