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Brexit Uncertainty and Trade Disintegration

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  • Alejandro Graziano
  • Kyle Handley
  • Nuno Limão

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We estimate the uncertainty effects of preferential trade disagreements. Increases in the probability of Britain’s exit from the European Union (Brexit) reduce bilateral export values and trade participation. These effects are increasing in trade policy risk across products and asymmetric for UK and EU exporters. We estimate that a persistent doubling of the probability of Brexit at the average disagreement tariff of 4.5% lowers EU-UK bilateral export values by 15 log points on average, and more so for EU than UK exporters. Neither believed a trade war was likely.

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  • Alejandro Graziano & Kyle Handley & Nuno Limão, 2018. "Brexit Uncertainty and Trade Disintegration," NBER Working Papers 25334, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    • E02 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General - - - Institutions and the Macroeconomy
    • F02 - International Economics - - General - - - International Economic Order and Integration
    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade
    • F5 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy

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