Alternative Approach to Causation Analysis in Trade Remedy Investigations: ‘Cost of Production’ Test

Journal of World Trade, Vol. 44, p. 1032, 2010

30 Pages Posted: 19 May 2010 Last revised: 3 Oct 2010

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Dukgeun Ahn

Seoul National University

William J. Moon

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Date Written: May 6, 2010

Abstract

Causation requirement in trade remedy investigations has produced significant controversy in terms of legal interpretation and economic analysis. Deficient treaty texts and confusing legal ruling have exacerbated practical difficulty for investigating authorities to ensure WTO consistency. Various analytical models that were proposed on the basis of more articulated economics often turn out to be too complicated to apply in broader cases or critically contingent on data availability. We suggest an alternative approach that utilizes firm production costs to complement the previous models.

Keywords: international trade, international economic law, causation, safeguard, countervailing, antidumping, WTO, trade remedy law, USITC

Suggested Citation

Ahn, Dukgeun and Moon, William J., Alternative Approach to Causation Analysis in Trade Remedy Investigations: ‘Cost of Production’ Test (May 6, 2010). Journal of World Trade, Vol. 44, p. 1032, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1601531

Dukgeun Ahn

Seoul National University ( email )

Graduate School of International Studies
Sillim, Kwanak-gu
Seoul, 151-742
82-2-880-9249 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://gsis.snu.ac.kr

William J. Moon (Contact Author)

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law ( email )

500 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-1
United States

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