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A Quantile-based Test of Protection for Sale Model

Susumu Imai, Hajime Katayama, Kala Krishna

NBER Working Paper No. 13900
Issued in March 2008
NBER Program(s):   ITI   PE

This paper proposes a new test of the Protection for Sale (PFS) model by Grossman and Helpman (1994). Unlike existing methods in the literature, our approach does not require any data on political organizations. We formally show that the PFS model predicts that the quantile regression of the protection measure on the inverse import penetration ratio divided by the import demand elasticity, should yield a positive coefficient for quantiles close to one. We test this prediction using the data from Gawande and Bandyopadhyay (2000). The results do not provide any evidence favoring the PFS model.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w13900

Published: Journal of International Economics Volume 91, Issue 1, September 2013, Pages 40–52 citation courtesy of

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