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Market access for sale: Latin America's lobbying for U.S. tariff preferences, Volume 1
Author:Kee, Hiau Looi; Olarreaga, Marcelo; Silva, Peri; Country:World;
Date Stored:2004/11/08Document Date:2004/01/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Environmental Economics & Policies; Rules of Origin; Export Competitiveness; Economic Theory & Research; National Governance; Free Trade; Poverty and Trade
Language:EnglishRegion:The World Region
Report Number:WPS3198Collection Title:Policy Research working paper series ; no. WPS3198
Volume No:1  

Summary: This paper assesses the foreign lobbying forces behind the tariff preferences that the United States grants to Latin American and Caribbean countries. The basic framework is the one developed that is extended to explain the relationship between foreign lobbying and tariff preferences. Results suggest that returns to Latin American and Caribbean exporters lobbying for tariff preferences in the United States are around 50 percent. The reason for these large returns is the relatively low estimated weight given to social welfare in the U.S. government's objective function when deciding whether or not to grant tariff preferences to Latin American and Caribbean exporters.

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