Assessing the impact of export taxes on Canadian softwood lumber

Joy Begley, John Hughes, Judy A Rayburn, David Runkle

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This study examines stock price reactions, for both U.S. and Canadian softwood lumber producers, to a series of events culminating in the 1986 Memorandum of Understanding under which Canada agreed to impose a fifteen-percent export tariff on lumber shipped to the U.S. Our results indicate that a number of these events were accompanied by significant reactions in directions consistent with our priors. Notwithstanding that the events in question pertained principally to the prospects of a tariff, it is possible that these events also had implications for the outcome of free trade negotiations in progress during this time frame.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-219
Number of pages13
JournalCanadian Journal of Economics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1998


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