The Byrd Amendment as Facilitating a Tacit International Business Collusion
21 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2006
Date Written: January 2006
We analyze the effect of the Byrd Amendment, which amended the US Tariff Act of 1930 to allow revenue from antidumping duties to be distributed to domestic import-competing firms. In an international duopoly framework it is shown that it urges the home firm to restrict output so that the foreign firm increases output and that revenue from the duties increases. Consequently, not only the home firm but also the foreign firm can be better off while only consumers are worse off. Home total surplus increases if the foreign rival firm is much more efficient, but otherwise decreases.
Keywords: Byrd Amendment, Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act (CDSOA), Antidumping duty, Tariff-revenue distribution
JEL Classification: F12, F13
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