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The Effect of the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement on Canadian Multilateral Trade Liberalization

  • Joseph Mai

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    (Department of Economics, York University, Toronto, Canada)

  • Andrey Stoyanov

    ()

    (York University)

In this paper show that the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement (CUSFTA) tari¤ preferences have triggered a decline in Canadian external tariffs, explaining a two percentage point reduction in the average tariff between 1989 and 1998. Next, we found that industries which generate the least export rent to the US firms experienced deeper tariff cuts in Canada; this result provides evidence of cooperation in trade policies between the US and Canada. Finally, we estimate the e¤ect of the CUSFTA on the intensity of industrial lobbying for trade policy in Canada and find no relationship between preferential trade liberalization and lobbying activity.

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Paper provided by York University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2014_2.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: 02 Feb 2014
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Handle: RePEc:yca:wpaper:2014_2
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