Tariff equivalent of technical barriers to trade with imperfect substitution and trade costs

Chengyan Yue, John Beghin, Helen Jensen

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Abstract

The price-wedge method yields a tariff-equivalent estimate of technical barriers to trade (TBT). An extension of this method accounts for imperfect substitution between domestic and imported goods and incorporates recent findings on trade costs. We explore the sensitivity of this revamped TBT estimate to its key determinants (substitution elasticity, preference for home good, and trade cost). We use the augmented approach to investigate the recent Japan-U.S. apple trade dispute and find that removing the Japanese TBT would yield limited export gains to the United States. We then draw policy implications of our findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)947-960
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics
Volume88
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Apple
  • Dispute
  • Japan
  • SPS
  • TBT
  • Technical barriers
  • Trade
  • WTO

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