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The Impact of Retaliatory Tariffs on Agricultural and Food Trade

Colin A. Carter and Sandro Steinbach

No 27147, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: This paper analyzes the short-run trade effects of retaliatory tariffs against agriculture and food exports from the United States. The results indicate that these tariffs caused a substantial decline in U.S. agriculture and food exports and induced a reorientation of international trade patterns. We find that losses in foreign trade with retaliatory countries outweigh the gains from trade with non-retaliatory countries by more than USD 14.4 billion. Our results also indicate that non-retaliatory countries accommodated the increased demand from retaliatory countries by reorienting their trade relationships. We find that countries in South America and Europe benefited the most from these adjustments gaining more than USD 13.5 billion in additional foreign sales. The effects of retaliatory tariff increases across products vary substantially, with soybeans and meat products experiencing the most considerable redistribution effects.

JEL-codes: F14 Q17 Q18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-05
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