Trade Preference Index

AGFOODTRADE Working Paper 2008-05

Posted: 9 Apr 2009

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Maria Cipollina

Università degli Studi del Molise

Luca Salvatici

Università Roma Tre - Dipartimento di Economia

Date Written: April 9, 2009


Building on the work by Anderson and Neary on theoretically grounded trade policy indexes, we define an aggregate measure (Mercantilistic trade preference index - MTPI) of the trade referential margins. The MTPI provides a method of aggregation that is consistent with a common objective of the preferential policies, since it focuses on the volume of exports. We compute the bilateral MTPIs for the preferences granted by the European Union to 162 exporters to assess how the market access granted by the EU preferential trade agreements does differ across sectors and countries.

Keywords: International agricultural trade, Protection, Tariffs

JEL Classification: F13, Q17

Suggested Citation

Cipollina, Maria and Salvatici, Luca, Trade Preference Index (April 9, 2009). AGFOODTRADE Working Paper 2008-05 , Available at SSRN:

Maria Cipollina

Università degli Studi del Molise ( email )

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Università Roma Tre - Dipartimento di Economia ( email )

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