Rules of Origin as Commercial Policy Instruments.
Article, Research, Preprint
- Publisher: Copenhagen: University of Copenhagen, Economic Policy Research Unit (EPRU)
This article examines the role of rules of origin as a commercial policy instrument that targets the input composition of imports. Using a three-country, partial equilibrium structure, we demonstrate conditions under which the imposition of a binding rule will be welfare improving for an importer facing competitive export suppliers. We further show that employing rules of origin in this way would be complementary to, rather than a substitute for, conventional optimal tariffs. Copyright Economics Department of the University of Pennsylvania and the Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association