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The Political-Support View of Protection

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  • Wilfred J. Ethier

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This paper offers a selective, interpretative survey of the literature on the political-support component of the political economy of international trade policy. Much of the literature is characterized either by a discrepancy between what policymakers say they are doing and how the theory models their actions (the Cognitive Dissonance problem) or by a lack of a detailed microeconomic and micro-political foundation (the Black Box problem).

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  • Wilfred J. Ethier, 2011. "The Political-Support View of Protection," PIER Working Paper Archive 11-026, Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania.
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    1. Kishore Gawande & Usree Bandyopadhyay, 2000. "Is Protection for Sale? Evidence on the Grossman-Helpman Theory of Endogenous Protection," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 82(1), pages 139-152, February.
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    3. Van Long, Ngo & Vousden, Neil, 1991. "Protectionist responses and declining industries," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 30(1-2), pages 87-103, February.
    4. Arye L. Hillman & Ngo Van Long & Peter Moser, 1995. "Modelling Reciprocal Trade Liberalization: The Political-economy and National-welfare Perspectives," Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics (SJES), Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics (SSES), vol. 131(III), pages 503-515, September.
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    1. Samuel Standaert & Glenn Rayp, 2016. "Multilateral trade agreements in Africa," Economics of Governance, Springer, vol. 17(1), pages 11-45, February.

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    Keywords

    Political support f26ction; Protection For Sale; Cognitive Dissonance problem; Black Box problem;

    JEL classification:

    • F02 - International Economics - - General - - - International Economic Order and Integration
    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations

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