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Impact of Changes in Tariffs on Developing Countries' Government Revenue

Przemyslaw Kowalski ()

No 18, OECD Trade Policy Papers from OECD Publishing

Abstract: This paper addresses tariff revenue concerns that some countries have been expressing in the context of the current multilateral trade negotiations under the Doha Development Agenda. This paper: discusses methodological issues associated with estimating revenue impacts; provides impact estimates for a sample of developing countries; links the differences in impacts to cross-country differences in existing tariff regimes as well as properties of formulas for tariff cuts; and, discusses efficient tax replacement policies and past experiences. Additionally, the paper presents results of a simulation of the welfare effects of reducing tariffs and simultaneously replacing lost tariff revenues with revenues from consumption tax. It concludes with some policy implications.

Keywords: CGE simulation; government revenue; multilateral trade negotiations; tariff reductions formulas; tariffs (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C68 E61 E62 F13 F14 H20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2005-04-18
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