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Assessing the Effects of the MFA/ATC from US and World Trade Data after Its Removal

Daqing Yao, John Whalley

NBER Working Paper No. 21299
Issued in June 2015
NBER Program(s):The International Trade and Investment Program

In this paper we assess the effects of the MFA/ATC using both world trade and US data after its removal. Previous literature assesses its effects while in operation. The trade data we analyze are consistent with theoretical predictions of more trade volumes, lower product prices, smaller effect of RTA on trade, less transshipment and quota hopping investment, and higher country concentration of exporters. We also find the effects of the MFA on clothing trade were more significant than for textiles trade. The benefits from freer trade in textiles and clothing shed light on other sectors that are still under trade protection.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w21299

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