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Nontariff Barriers, John C. Beghin Dec 2006

Nontariff Barriers, John C. Beghin

CARD Working Papers

Nontariff barriers (NTBs) refer to the wide range of policy interventions other than border tariffs that affect trade of goods, services, and factors of production. Most taxonomies of NTBs include market-specific trade and domestic policies affecting trade in that market. Extended taxonomies include macro-economic policies affecting trade. NTBs have gained importance as tariff levels have been reduced worldwide. Common measures of NTBs include tariff-equivalents of the NTB policy or policies and count and frequency measures of NTBs. These NTB measures are subsequently used in various trade models, including gravity equations, to assess trade and/or welfare effects of the measured ...


U.S. Sugar Policy Options And Their Consequences Under Nafta And Doha, David Abler, John C. Beghin, David Blandford, Amani E. Elobeid Jun 2006

U.S. Sugar Policy Options And Their Consequences Under Nafta And Doha, David Abler, John C. Beghin, David Blandford, Amani E. Elobeid

CARD Working Papers

We analyze the potential impact of continuing the existing U.S. sugar program, replacing it with a standard program, and implementing the standard program with multilateral trade liberalization. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), duty-free sugar imports from Mexico will undermine the program’s ability to operate on a “no-cost” basis to U.S. taxpayers. As the Mexican beverage industry is likely to expand considerably its highfructose corn syrup use, the sugar thereby displaced will seek a market in the United States. Under these conditions, marketing allotments could not be utilized under current legislation and prices would likely ...