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Certification of Origin as a Non‐Tariff Barrier

Claire Chambolle () and Eric Giraud‐Héraud
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Review of International Economics, 2005, vol. 13, issue 3, 461-471

Abstract: This paper puts forward the opinion that the certification of origin constitutes another type of non‐tariff barrier. Indeed, certification of origin often combines both a quantity restriction and a sort of quality cost subsidy. We consider the canonical model of strategic trade policy, whereby two firms located respectively in the home country and in a foreign country are competing on the domestic market. In this framework, we show how certification can allow the domestic firm to position itself as a high quality producer. If, however, the certified firm offers the low quality good, then consumers’ surplus may be improved.

Date: 2005
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