Alejandro G. Graziano
Institutional Affiliation: University of Maryland
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|December 2018||Brexit Uncertainty and Trade Disintegration|
with Kyle Handley, Nuno Limão: w25334
We estimate the uncertainty effects of preferential trade disagreements. Increases in the probability of Britain’s exit from the European Union (Brexit) reduce bilateral export values and trade participation. These effects are increasing in trade policy risk across products and asymmetric for UK and EU exporters. We estimate that a persistent doubling of the probability of Brexit at the average disagreement tariff of 4.5% lowers EU-UK bilateral export values by 15 log points on average, and more so for EU than UK exporters. Neither believed a trade war was likely.