DP38 Customs Union, Tariff Reform and Trade in Differentiated Products

Author(s): Anthony Venables
Publication Date: January 1985
Keyword(s): Customs Union, Differentiated Products, Monopolistic Competition, Tariffs, Tax Policy
JEL(s): 321, 422
Programme Areas: International Trade and Regional Economics
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The paper analyses tax and tariff policy for trade between economies which each contain a monopolistically competitive industry producing differentiated products. The consequences of tax changes by a single country are examined, and the general desirability of taxing imports more heavily than domestically produced goods is established. Customs union theory is analysed by studying coordinated tax changes by a group of countries; circumstances under which customs union formation and enlargement will benefit members are found. Game theoretic techniques are used to investigate which countries will coalesce into a customs union.