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Measuring Effects of Trade Policy Distortions: How Far Have We Come?

Kym Anderson

University of Adelaide - Centre for International Economic Studies (CIES); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Australian National University

October 2002

CEPR Discussion Paper No. 3579

After a brief review of the literature to the early 1970s, this Paper assesses the contributions by economists during the past three decades to measuring the distortionary effects of trade policies. It does not pretend to be a comprehensive survey, but draws on selections from the literature that give a sense of the distance the profession has traveled from a trade policy practitioner's viewpoint since Corden's first paper on the subject in 1957. Phenomenal though that progress has been, there is ample room for further improvement in computing the economic (and other) effects of trade-related policies and their reform. The Paper concludes with suggestions of where the priorities should be in global modeling of trade policy reform, as the world moves into the next round of multilateral trade negotiations.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 49

Keywords: Trade policy distortions, effective protection, cost of protection, empirical modelling of effects of trade policies

JEL Classification: F13, Q17

Date posted: November 12, 2002  

Suggested Citation

Anderson, Kym, Measuring Effects of Trade Policy Distortions: How Far Have We Come? (October 2002). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 3579. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=348600

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Kym Anderson (Contact Author)
University of Adelaide - Centre for International Economic Studies (CIES) ( email )
School of Economics
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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
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Australian National University ( email )
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