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TitleRain, food and tariffs
Author(s)Bastos, Paulo
Straume, Odd Rune
Urrego, Jaime A.
KeywordsRainfall shocks
Strategic trade policy
Issue dateMar-2012
PublisherUniversidade do Minho. Núcleo de Investigação em Políticas Económicas (NIPE)
Abstract(s)We examine whether and how rainfall shocks affect tariff setting in the agricultural sector. In a model of international oligopoly, we show that the impact of a negative rainfall shock on optimal import tariffs is generally ambiguous, depending on the weight placed by the domestic policy maker on tariff revenue, profi ts and the consumer surplus. The more weight placed on domestic profits ts, the more likely it is that the policy maker will respond to a rainfall shortage by reducing import tariffs. Using detailed panel data on applied tariffs and rainfall for 70 nations, we fi nd that rainfall shortages generally induce policy makers to set lower tariffs on agricultural imports.
TypeWorking paper
Publisher version
AccessOpen access
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