The authors acknowledge helpful comments and suggestions made by Paul Gibson, Friedrich von Kirchbach, Jaime de Melo, Mondher Mimouni, Xavier Pichot, Devesh Roy, and two anonymous referees.
Assessing Applied Protection across the World*
Article first published online: 22 APR 2008
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Review of International Economics
Volume 16, Issue 5, pages 850–863, November 2008
How to Cite
Bouët, A., Decreux, Y., Fontagné, L., Jean, S. and Laborde, D. (2008), Assessing Applied Protection across the World. Review of International Economics, 16: 850–863. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9396.2008.00753.x
- Issue published online: 29 OCT 2008
- Article first published online: 22 APR 2008
This paper presents MAcMap–HS-6, a database providing a consistent, ad valorem equivalent measure of tariff duties and tariff rate quotas for 163 countries and 208 partners, at the six-digit level of the Harmonized System (5111 products), accounting for all preferential agreements. We describe the methodology used to compute and aggregate an ad valorem equivalent of applied protection. Emphasis is placed on minimizing the endogeneity bias in the aggregation procedure, while acknowledging structural differences in export specialization. The resulting quantitative assessment is illustrated by giving an overview of applied protection across the world in 2001, in terms of average as well as distribution.