Title

A Meta-Analysis of the Impact of Technical Barriers to Trade

Campus Units

Economics

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Submitted Manuscript

Publication Date

2012

Journal or Book Title

Journal of Policy Modeling

Volume

34

Issue

3

First Page or Article ID Number

497

Last Page

511

DOI

10.1016/j.jpolmod.2011.11.001

Abstract

A meta-analysis explains the variation in estimated trade effects of technical barriers to trade broadly defined, using available estimates from the empirical international trade literature, and accounting for data sampling and methodology differences. Agriculture and food industries tend to be more impeded by these barriers than other sectors. SPS regulations on agricultural and food trade flows from developing exporters to high-income importers tend to impede trade. Not controlling for “multilateral resistance” barriers increase the likelihood to overstate the trade impeding effect of technical measures and not accounting for their potential endogeneity with trade does the opposite. Studies using direct maximum residue limits tend to find more trade impeding effects than other measures and clearer policy implications. Other technical measures proxies tend to muddle results and increase the likelihood of inconclusive results and few policy implications.

JEL Classification

F13, F14, Q17, Q18

Comments

This is a working paper of an article from Journal of Policy Modeling 34 (2012): 497, doi:10.1016/j.jpolmod.2011.11.001