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Brexit and the Macroeconomic Impact of Trade Policy Uncertainty

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  • Joseph Steinberg

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The United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union but the trade policies that will replace E.U. membership are uncertain, and speculation abounds that this uncertainty will harm the U.K. economy until it is resolved. To assess the impact of uncertainty about post-Brexit trade policies, I study a dynamic general equilibrium model with endogenous export participation and uncertainty about whether future U.K.-E.U. trade costs will be high or low. I find that the total welfare cost of Brexit for U.K. households is between £7,000 and £18,000 per person, while uncertainty about Brexit costs less than £45 per person.

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  • Joseph Steinberg, 2017. "Brexit and the Macroeconomic Impact of Trade Policy Uncertainty," 2017 Meeting Papers 216, Society for Economic Dynamics.
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    • F17 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Forecasting and Simulation
    • F42 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - International Policy Coordination and Transmission

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