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Market access for sale : Latin America's lobbying for U.S. tariff preferences

  • Kee, Hiau Looi
  • Olarreaga, Marcelo
  • Silva, Peri

This paper assesses the foreign lobbying forces behind the tariff preferences that the United States grants to Latin American and Caribbean countries. The basic framework is the one developed that is extended to explain the relationship between foreign lobbying and tariff preferences. Results suggest that returns to Latin American and Caribbean exporters lobbying for tariff preferences in the United States are around 50 percent. The reason for these large returns is the relatively low estimated weight given to social welfare in the U.S. government's objective function when deciding whether or not to grant tariff preferences to Latin American and Caribbean exporters.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 3198.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 2004
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:3198
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