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The Impact of Regulations on Agricultural Trade: Evidence from SPS and TBT Agreements

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  • Anne-Célia Disdier

    (ECO-PUB - Economie Publique - INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - AgroParisTech)

  • Lionel Fontagné

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    (CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, CEPII - Centre d'Etudes Prospectives et d'Informations Internationales - Centre d'analyse stratégique, PSE - Paris School of Economics)

  • Mondher Mimouni

    (ITC (UNCTAD-WTO) - International Trade Center - WTO - UNCTAD)

According to World Trade Organization rules, countries may adopt regulations under the Agreements on Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary (SPS) and Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT). We analyze the structure of these measures in agricultural trade. The inventory approach suggests that European countries have among the lowest coverage ratios of all OECD countries. Using a gravity equation, we also estimate their stringency. Our results suggest that they significantly reduce developing countries' exports to OECD countries, but do not affect trade between OECD members. Furthermore, European imports are more negatively influenced by SPS and TBTs than imports of other OECD countries.

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Paper provided by HAL in its series Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) with number hal-00274619.

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Date of creation: May 2008
Publication status: Published in American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Oxford University Press (OUP), 2008, 90 (2), pp.336-350. 〈10.1111/j.1467-8276.2007.01127.x〉
Handle: RePEc:hal:cesptp:hal-00274619
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8276.2007.01127.x
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