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Tariffs And Sectoral Adjustments In An Open Economy

  • TURNOVSKY, S.J.

This paper analyzes the impact of a tariff on sectoral adjustments in an economy which produces two traded consumption goods, one of which is exported, and a non-traded investment good. The importance of sectoral capital intensities is emphasized. In particular, the qualitative dynamic adjustment depends upon the relative capital intensities of the import-competing consumption good sector and the non-traded investment good sector. Sectoral labor allocation effects are analyzed and the long-run effect on aggregate capital accumulation is shown to depend upon the relative capital intensities of the import and export sectors. Temporary as well as permanent tariffs are discussed.

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Paper provided by University of Washington, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 90-13.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 1990
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Handle: RePEc:udb:wpaper:90-13
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