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Data and Code for: "Why Special Economic Zones? Using Trade Policy to Discriminate Across Importers"

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1
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Creator
  • Grant, Matthew (Stanford University)
Publication Date
2020-04-24
Description
  • Abstract

    Tariffs are generally assumed to depend on the product, not the identity of the importer. However, special economic zones are a common, economically important policy used worldwide to lower tariffs on selected goods for selected manufacturers. I show this is motivated by policymakers' desire to discriminate across buyers when a tax is intended to raise prices for sellers, through a mechanism distinct from existing theories of optimal taxation. Using a new dataset compiled from public records and exogenous changes in imports of intermediate goods, I find the form, composition, and size of U.S. zones are consistent with the theory.

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    DOI: 10.1257/aer.20180384 (Text)
Publications
  • Grant, Matthew. “Why Special Economic Zones? Using Trade Policy to Discriminate Across Importers.” American Economic Review 110, no. 5 (May 2020): 1540–71. https://doi.org/10.1257/aer.20180384.
    • ID: 10.1257/aer.20180384 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2020-05-18 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2020-04-24

Grant, Matthew (2020): Data and Code for: "Why Special Economic Zones? Using Trade Policy to Discriminate Across Importers". Version: 1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E115282V1