False friends? Empirical evidence on trade policy substitution in regional trade agreements

Silberberger, Magdalene / Frederik Stender
External Publications (2018)

in: The World Economy 41 (8), 2175-2199

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/twec.12605

In this paper, we examine the interplay of regional economic integration and the use of bilateral antidumping (AD) measures. Our empirical analysis brings three central findings to light: (i) we find that regional trade agreements (RTAs) generally reduce the likelihood of AD activity among integration partners; (ii) in addition, an improvement in the tariff treatment between trading partners—regardless of whether expressed as the directly faced tariff or as a tariff margin—generally leads to a lower likelihood of bilateral AD and (iii) regarding the interaction of both events, however, a reciprocally higher tariff margin between integration partners leads to a higher likelihood of bilateral AD than an equal tariff margin among non‐integration trading partners. The latter effect seems to be primarily driven by those RTAs with a participation of “South” countries.

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Stender, Frederik



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