Has the European Community GSP increased LDC exports?

Craig R. Macphee, David I. Rosenbaum

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Hypothesized differences in mean changes in shares of European Community (EC) import markets over the period 1976-84 are tested for each of 36 less-developed countries. Means are calculated for cases in which MFN tariffs are re-established and for cases in which dutyfree treatment is restored under the EC generalized system of preferences. They are compared with means for cases in which tariffs remained constant. We attempt to control for both product-specific and cyclical influences on imports. In contrast to some previous results, our findings suggest that denial (restoration) of preferential treatment, i.e. a tariff increase (decrease), has its expected negative (positive) effect.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)823-841
Number of pages19
JournalApplied Economics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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