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Pitfalls in the theory of international trade policy: concertina reforms of tariffs and subsidies to high technology industries

Neary, J. P. (1997) Pitfalls in the theory of international trade policy: concertina reforms of tariffs and subsidies to high technology industries. CEPDP, 346. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 0853283591

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Abstract

This paper explores the links between international trade theory and the practice of trade and industrial policy in open economies, with special attention to three areas where theoretical lessons have been misunderstood in policy debates. I argue that the ''concertina rule'' for tariff reform justifies reductions in high tariffs, but not moves towards uniformity, and particularly not increases in low tariffs. I show that the basic principles of tariff reform are the same in unilateral, multilateral and customs union contexts. Finally, I show that the theory of strategic trade policy does not justify export subsidies to high-technology industries.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk
Additional Information: © 1997 J. P. Neary
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: 346
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2008 14:42
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/20341/

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