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On the static and dynamic costs of trade restrictions

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  • Charles van Marrewijk

    (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

  • Koen Berden

    (Tinbergen Institute)

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We analyze the costs of trade restrictions for a small developing economy. Capital goods are only introduced on the market if it is profitable to do so. The economy evolves to a balanced growth path in which income, welfare, and the share of introduced capital goods increase if trade restrictions fall. The adjustment path is asymmetric: an increase in trade restrictions will slow-down economic growth, while a decrease may give rise to a rapid catch-up process. The static costs of trade restrictions are smaller than the dynamic costs if, and only if, it changes the share of introduced capital goods.

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  • Charles van Marrewijk & Koen Berden, 2004. "On the static and dynamic costs of trade restrictions," Macroeconomics 0412011, EconWPA.
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    1. Charles Van Marrewijk, 2005. "Basic Exchange Rate Theories," Centre for International Economic Studies Working Papers 2005-01, University of Adelaide, Centre for International Economic Studies.
    2. Charles van Marrewijk, 2005. "Basic Exchange Rate Theories," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 05-024/2, Tinbergen Institute.
    3. Van Marrewijk, Charles & Berden, Koen G., 2007. "On the static and dynamic costs of trade restrictions for small developing countries," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, pages 46-60.

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    Keywords

    growth; development; static and dynamic costs; trade restrictions; new goods;

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    • F - International Economics
    • O - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth

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