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Bilateral Tariff Rates in International Trade: Finished Goods versus Intermediate Goods

Discussion Papers

No.304

August 2011

ABSTRACT

In this paper, we examined back-and-forth international transactions through tariff reduction by estimating modified gravity equations for finished goods and intermediate goods separately. Our main findings are as follows. Exports of finished machinery products are negatively associated with not only the importer’s tariff rates on finished machinery products but also the exporter’s tariff rates on machinery parts. Similarly, exports of machinery parts are negatively associated with not only the importer’s tariff rates on machinery parts but also the exporter’s tariff rates on finished machinery products. These results imply that tariff reduction in only one production process in an industry has the potential to drastically change the magnitude of trade in the whole industry.

Keywords: Gravity; Finished Goods Trade; Intermediate Goods Trade
JEL classification: F10; F15

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