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dc.contributor.supervisor Cardwell, Ryan (Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics) Lawley, Chad (Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics) en_US
dc.contributor.author Hink, Matthew J.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-12-19T15:00:11Z
dc.date.available 2011-12-19T15:00:11Z
dc.date.issued 2011-12-19
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/5000
dc.description.abstract Limao and Panagariya (L&P, 2007) modify Grossman and Helpman’s (1994) lobbying model in an attempt to understand why anti-trade bias is the predominant pattern in observed trade policy. L&P (2007) propose that governments seek to reduce inequality between sectors by modifying trade policies in a way that reallocates income from the smaller to the larger sector. We assess the empirical validity of L&P’s (2007) theory by exploiting the World Bank Distortions to Agricultural Incentives database (Anderson and Valenzuela, 2008), using their measure of trade bias as our dependent variable. We find little empirical support for L&P’s (2007) theory, and estimated coefficients on most control variables are insignificant. Lagged trade policies are significant determinants of current trade policy, suggesting the presence of policy persistence. We conclude that it is difficult to generalise L&P’s (2007) theory across a wide and unbalanced panel of countries that extends from the 1950s to the 2000s. en_US
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject trade bias en_US
dc.subject agricultural trade en_US
dc.subject inequality en_US
dc.subject trade distorting policy en_US
dc.title An empirical investigation into the determinants of bias in trade policy en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis
dc.degree.discipline Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Frank, Julieta (Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics) Ghazalian, Pascal (University of Lethbridge, Department of Economics) en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Science (M.Sc.) en_US
dc.description.note February 2012 en_US


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