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Quantitative models of commercial policy


Ossa, Ralph (2016). Quantitative models of commercial policy. In: Bagwell, Kyle; Staiger, Robert W.. Handbook of Commercial Policy. Amsterdam, 207-260.

Abstract

What tariffs would countries impose if they did not have to fear any retaliation? What would occur if there was a complete breakdown of trade policy cooperation? What would be the outcome if countries engaged in fully efficient trade negotiations? And what would happen to trade policy cooperation if the world trading system had a different institutional design? While such questions feature prominently in the theoretical trade policy literature, they have proven difficult to address empirically, because they refer to what-if scenarios for which direct empirical counterparts are hard to find. In this chapter, I introduce research which suggests overcoming this difficulty by applying quantitative models of commercial policy.

Abstract

What tariffs would countries impose if they did not have to fear any retaliation? What would occur if there was a complete breakdown of trade policy cooperation? What would be the outcome if countries engaged in fully efficient trade negotiations? And what would happen to trade policy cooperation if the world trading system had a different institutional design? While such questions feature prominently in the theoretical trade policy literature, they have proven difficult to address empirically, because they refer to what-if scenarios for which direct empirical counterparts are hard to find. In this chapter, I introduce research which suggests overcoming this difficulty by applying quantitative models of commercial policy.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Uncontrolled Keywords:Optimal tariffs, trade wars, trade talks
Language:English
Date:2016
Deposited On:08 Mar 2017 16:33
Last Modified:22 Nov 2017 14:59
Number:Vol. 1A
ISBN:9780444632807
Official URL:https://www.elsevier.com/books/handbook-of-commercial-policy/bagwell/978-0-444-63280-7

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