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Measuring fixed costs for firms' use of a free trade agreement : threshold regression approach

  • Hayakawa, Kazunobu

In this paper, by employing the threshold regression method, we estimate the average tariff equivalent of fixed costs for the use of a free trade agreement (FTA) among all existing FTAs in the world. It is estimated to be 3.2%. This global estimate serves as a reference rate in the evaluation of each FTA’s fixed costs.

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Paper provided by Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO) in its series IDE Discussion Papers with number 275.

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Publication status: Published in IDE Discussion Paper. No. 275. 2011. 1
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