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How do free trade agreements reduce tariff rates and non-tariff barriers?

  • Hayakawa, Kazunobu
  • Kimura, Fukunari

This paper empirically investigates how far free trade agreements (FTAs) successfully lower tariff rates and non-tariff barriers (NTBs) for manufacturing industries by employing the bilateral tariff and NTB data in a time series for countries around the world. We find that FTAs under GATT Article XXIV and the Enabling Clause contribute to reducing tariff rates by 2.1% points and 1.5% points, respectively. In the case of NTBs, their respective impacts are 6.6% points and 5.7% points. Membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO) does not contribute greatly to reducing tariff rates but does play a significant role in reducing NTBs. These results provide important implications for the literature on numerical assessments of FTAs.

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Paper provided by Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO) in its series IDE Discussion Papers with number 446.

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Date of creation: Feb 2014
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Publication status: Published in IDE Discussion Paper. No. 446. 2014.2
Handle: RePEc:jet:dpaper:dpaper446
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