Trade Restrictiveness Indices in Presence of Externalities : An Application to Non-Tariff Measures

  title={Trade Restrictiveness Indices in Presence of Externalities : An Application to Non-Tariff Measures},
  author={John C. Beghin and Anne-C{\'e}lia Disdier and St{\'e}phan Marette},
We extend the trade restrictiveness index approach to the case of market imperfections and domestic regulations addressing them. We focus on standard-like non-tariff measures (NTMs) affecting cost of production and potentially enhancing demand by reducing negative externalities. We apply the framework to the database of Kee et al. (2009) and derive ad valorem equivalents (AVEs) for NTMs. About 39% of the product lines affected by NTMs exhibit negative AVEs, indicating a trade-facilitating… CONTINUE READING


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