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Border Barriers in Agricultural Trade and the Impact of their Elimination: Evidence from East Asia

Discussion Papers


by HAYAKAWA Kazunobu , Kuo-I CHANG
June 2008


By means of a GTAP based-CGE model, we investigate the impact of the elimination of import tariffs and non-tariff policy barriers (NTPBs) on agricultural trade towards East Asian FTAs. To do that, we first measure the NTPBs by employing a widely-used method derived from the literature on border effects. Next, by adding into the GTAP database our estimates on the NTPBs, which the original GTAP database by its nature does not succeed in incorporating, we compute the impact of the entire elimination of policy barriers (the complete reduction of import tariffs and of NTPBs) on GDP.

Keywords: Border barriers; Agricultural trade; GTAP
JEL classification: F13; F14; Q17

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