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Tariff Elimination Staging Categories and the North American Free Trade Agreement

Don Clark, W. Charles Sawyer and Richard L. Sprinkle ()
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Richard L. Sprinkle: Department of Economics & Finance University of Texas at El Paso, Postal: 500 West University Avenue,El Paso, Texas 79968,USA,

Economia Internazionale / International Economics, 2000, vol. 53, issue 2, 141-152

Abstract: Special treatment for import sensitive products is a feature of all U.S. free trade agreements (FTAs). This paper conducts an empirica1 investigation of the determination of tariff-cut staging categories that emerged from negotiations to establish the North American Free Trade Agreement. Staging categories are explained in terms of product characteristics that influence an industry’ s desire and ability to exploit politica1 outcomes associated with FTA negotiations. Products facing prospects for reduced protection under an agreement that would liberalize ali trade, and those with high pre-agreement tariffs and nontariff barriers are significantly more likely to enjoy prolonged tariff phase-out periods.

JEL-codes: F13 F15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2000
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