Economics at your fingertips  

Oil discoveries and protectionism: role of news effects

Fidel Sebastian-Perez, Ohad Raveh and Frederick (Rick) van der Ploeg
Additional contact information
Fidel Sebastian-Perez: University of Allicante
Ohad Raveh: Hebrew University of Jerusalem

No 21-047/VIII, Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers from Tinbergen Institute

Abstract: Can oil discovery shocks affect the demand for protectionism? An intertemporal model of Dutch disease indicates that if the tradable sector is politically dominant then an oil discovery can induce protectionism. If the economy is also credit constrained, this effect is intensified upon discovery, but partially reversed when oil revenues start to flow. We test these predictions using 16.2 million, HS-6 level, bilateral tariff rates that cover 5,718 products in 155 countries over the period 1988-2012, and data on worldwide discoveries of giant oil and gas fields. Our identification strategy rests on the exogeneity of the timing of discoveries. Our empirical results indicate that an oil discovery increases tariffs during pre-production years and decreases tariffs in the years to follow yet to a lesser extent, most notably in capital scarce economies with a relatively dominant tradable sector. Our baseline estimates indicate that a giant oil field discovery induces a rise of approximately 13% in the average tariff over the course of 10 years; this increase is approximately 2.5 times larger during the pre-production period when the oil discovery represents a pure news shock.

Keywords: Oil discoveries; protectionism; capital scarcity; Dutch disease; political economy; trade policy; news shocks (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F13 O24 Q32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021-05-24
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ene
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (1) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link) (application/pdf)

Related works:
Journal Article: Oil discoveries and protectionism: Role of news effects (2021) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link:

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers from Tinbergen Institute Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Tinbergen Office +31 (0)10-4088900 ().

Page updated 2023-05-31
Handle: RePEc:tin:wpaper:20210047