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Preferences, rent destruction and multilateral liberalization: the building block effect of CUSFTA

Ketterer, Tobias, Bernhofen, Daniel and Milner, Chris (2014) Preferences, rent destruction and multilateral liberalization: the building block effect of CUSFTA. Journal of International Economics, 92 (1). pp. 63-77. ISSN 0022-1996

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jinteco.2013.10.011

Abstract

If a free trade agreement (FTA) is characterized by the exchange of market access with a large and competitive trading partner, the agreement can cause a leakage of protectionist benefits to domestic industry from lobbying against external tariff cuts. This rent destruction effect of an FTA can free policy makers to be more aggressive in multilateral tariff cuts. We argue that the Canadian–US free trade agreement (CUSFTA) provides an ideal policy experiment to link this mechanism to the data. Exploring the determinants of Canada's tariff cuts at the 8-digit HS product level, we find that CUSFTA acted as an additional driver of Canadian multilateral tariff reductions during the Uruguay Round.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-intern...
Additional Information: © 2013 Elsevier B.V.
Divisions: Grantham Research Institute
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Sets: Research centres and groups > Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2014 12:12
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 05:19
Projects: F/00 114/AM
Funders: Leverhulme Trust
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/55609

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