When is Trade Protection Good for Growth?

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Jenny Minier

University of Kentucky - Department of Economics

Bulent Unel

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

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Date Written: January 2013

Abstract

The empirical relationship between trade protection and economic growth is surprisingly fragile, as shown in a number of other papers. We address one possible explanation for these findings: that the relationship is contingent on the pattern of comparative advantage, following the endogenous growth literature. Our findings suggest that such contingencies do in fact exist — in particular, the correlation between tariffs and growth is strong and positive for skill‐abundant countries — and are robust to the choice of control variables.

JEL Classification: F13, F43, O19, O24

Suggested Citation

Minier, Jenny and Unel, Bulent, When is Trade Protection Good for Growth? (January 2013). Economic Inquiry, Vol. 51, Issue 1, pp. 62-71, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2182989 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-7295.2011.00446.x

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Bulent Unel

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge ( email )

Department of Economics
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Baton Rouge, LA 70803
United States

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