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The Impact of Quarantine Policies on the Quality of Imports

  • Daniel Bunting

    (New South Wales Treasury)

  • Kevin J. Fox

    ()

    (School of Economics, Australian School of Business, the University of New South Wales)

In a contribution to the sparse literature on the impacts on consumers of quarantine restrictions, an innovative approach to analysing the effects of these policies on the prices and quality of imported products is proposed. Specifically, various index num- ber decompositions at different aggregation levels are considered for extracting quality changes from changes in the value of an imported good. Consistent with theory, an empirical application to mango imports for Australia reveals an increase in the quality of the imported bundle after the introduction of a new quarantine restriction. We be- lieve this to the first empirical evidence of the quality impact of biosecurity restrictions on imports.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, The University of New South Wales in its series Discussion Papers with number 2014-01.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2014
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Handle: RePEc:swe:wpaper:2014-01
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