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Cumulation and ITC Decision-Making: The Sum of the Parts is Greater thanthe Whole

Wendy L. Hansen, Thomas J. Prusa

NBER Working Paper No. 5062
Issued in March 1995
NBER Program(s):International Trade and Investment

In 1984 Congress amended the antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) laws, mandating that the International Trade Commission (ITC) 'cumulate' imports across countries when determining injury. Since 1984 the cumulation provision has been invoked in over 50 percent of the AD and CVD cases. We estimate that cumulation increases the probability of an affirmative injury determination by 20 to 30 percent and has changed the ITC's decision (from negative to affirmative) for about one-third of cumulated cases. We also show that the protective effect of cumulation increases as the number of countries involved increases, holding import market share constant. That is, cumulated imports have a super-additive effect on ITC decision-making.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w5062

Published: Economic Inquiry, 34 (1996), pp.746-769. citation courtesy of

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