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The impact of trade preferences on multilateral tariff cuts: evidence for Japan

Ketterer, Tobias D.; Bernhofen, Daniel M.; Milner, Chris

Authors

Tobias D. Ketterer Tobias.Ketterer@ec.europa.eu

Daniel M. Bernhofen dbernhof@american.edu

Chris Milner chris.milner@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

Opposing theoretical predictions about the effects of trade preferences on multilateral tariff cuts point to the need for empirical analysis to determine whether preferential trade agreements promote or hinder multilateral trade liberalization. This paper examines the impact of Japan’s trade preferences on its multi-lateral tariff reductions. Using detailed product level data, we find that Japan’s Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) acted as a stumbling block for the country’s external tariff liberalization during the Uruguay Round of multi-lateral trade negotiations.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 22, 2015
Journal Journal of the Japanese and International Economies
Print ISSN 0889-1583
Electronic ISSN 0889-1583
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 38
APA6 Citation Ketterer, T. D., Bernhofen, D. M., & Milner, C. (2015). The impact of trade preferences on multilateral tariff cuts: evidence for Japan. Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, 38, doi:10.1016/j.jjie.2015.05.001
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jjie.2015.05.001
Keywords Japan’s Generalized System of Preferences; Japan’s Most Favoured Nation Tariff changes during the Uruguay Round
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0889158315000234
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0

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