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The effects of input tariffs on productivity: panel data evidence for OECD countries

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  • Maria Bas

    (CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - UP1 - Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

  • Asa Johansson

    (OCDE - Organisation de Coopération et de Développement Economiques)

  • Giuseppe Nicoletti

    (OCDE - Organisation de Coopération et de Développement Economiques)

  • Fabrice Murtin

    (CREST - Centre de Recherche en Économie et Statistique - ENSAI - Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l'Analyse de l'Information [Bruz] - X - École polytechnique - ENSAE Paris - École Nationale de la Statistique et de l'Administration Économique - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

Abstract

Based on a panel of 16 OECD countries and 10 manufacturing industries over 1996–2007, this paper investigates the impact of tariffs on foreign intermediate goods on productivity growth in downstream manufacturing industries. The results show that imposing tariffs on imported intermediate goods is particularly harmful for industries that operate close to the global technological frontier. We also consider the possibility that input-tariff liberalisation may have different effects depending on the technological content of imported intermediate goods. Our findings suggest that protecting imports of high-technological goods is more harmful for productivity improvements in industries that operate close to global best practice.

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  • Maria Bas & Asa Johansson & Giuseppe Nicoletti & Fabrice Murtin, 2016. "The effects of input tariffs on productivity: panel data evidence for OECD countries," Post-Print hal-01297161, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-01297161
    DOI: 10.1007/s10290-016-0247-z
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    Keywords

    Catching-up; Productivity; Growth; Intermediate input tariff; Trade;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • O43 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Institutions and Growth
    • O24 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Trade Policy; Factor Movement; Foreign Exchange Policy
    • L5 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy
    • O57 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Comparative Studies of Countries
    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models

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