A meta-analysis of estimates of the impact of technical barriers to trade

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A meta-analysis explains the variation in estimated trade effects of technical barriers to trade broadly denned, using available estimates from the empirical international trade literature, and accounting for data sampling and methodology differences. Agriculture and food industries tend to be more impeded by these barriers than other sectors. SPS regulations on agricultural and food trade Hows from developing exporters to high-income importers tend to impede trade. Not controlling for "multilateral resistance" barriers increase the likelihood to overstate the trade impeding effect of technical measures and not accounting for their potential endogcncity with trade docs the opposite. Studies using direct maximum residue limits tend to find more trade impeding effects than other measures and clearer policy implications. Other technical measures proxies tend to muddle results and increase the likelihood of inconclusive results and few policy implications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNontariff Measures and International Trade
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co. Pte Ltd
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9789813144415
ISBN (Print)9789813144408
StatePublished - Nov 28 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Meta-analysis
  • NTB
  • NTM
  • Non-tariff measure
  • Phytosanitary regulation
  • SPS
  • TBT
  • Technical barriers to trade
  • Technical measures
  • Trade effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • General Social Sciences


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