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Recent developments in the measurement of the effects of trade policy: index number method and trade restrictiveness index

  • Luca Salvatici

In the policy arena, there is a demand for “trade distortion indicatorsâ€, but many of the traditional indices are difficult to compute and interpret. Recent developments in the literature have led to new indicators: the Trade Restrictiveness Index (TRI) - measuring the tariff equivalent in terms of welfare -, and the Index Number Method (INM) - measuring the tariff equivalent of the deadweight loss from quality upgrading. This paper shows that the INM can be extended in order to compute a measure of trade distortion equivalent to the TRI.

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Paper provided by University of Rome La Sapienza, Department of Public Economics in its series Working Papers with number 27.

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Date of creation: Jul 1997
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  1. Anderson, James E & Neary, J Peter, 1996. "A New Approach to Evaluating Trade Policy," Review of Economic Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 63(1), pages 107-25, January.
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  5. Salvatici, Luca & Carter, Colin A. & Sumner, Daniel A., 1997. "The Trade Restrictiveness Index: The Potential Contribution To Agricultural Policy Analysis," 1997 Annual meeting, July 27-30, Toronto, Canada 21028, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  6. Pritchett, Lant, 1996. "Measuring outward orientation in LDCs: Can it be done?," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 49(2), pages 307-335, May.
  7. Salvatici, Luca & Carter, Colin A. & Sumner, Daniel A., 1997. "The Trade Restrictiveness Index and its Potential Contribution to Agricultural Policy Analysis," 1997 Conference, August 10-16, 1997, Sacramento, California 197065, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
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