The Impact of Regulations on Agricultural Trade: Evidence from SPS and TBT Agreements
Posted: 21 Aug 2008
Date Written: May 1, 2008
According to World Trade Organization rules, countries may adopt regulations under the Agreements on Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary (SPS) and Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT). We analyze the structure of these measures in agricultural trade. The inventory approach suggests that European countries have among the lowest coverage ratios of all OECD countries. Using a gravity equation, we also estimate their stringency. Our results suggest that they significantly reduce developing countries' exports to OECD countries, but do not affect trade between OECD members. Furthermore, European imports are more negatively influenced by SPS and TBTs than imports of other OECD countries.
Keywords: Agriculture, sanitary and phyto-sanitary norms, technical barriers to trade, ad valorem equivalents, protectionism
JEL Classification: F3, Q17
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