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Bob Staiger, Dartmouth College

Monday, November 7, 2016 -
11:00am to 12:20pm
Rafik B. Hariri Building: Room 240, McDonough School of Business

Presenter: Bob Staiger, Roth Family Distinguished Professor in the Arts and Sciences, Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College
Paper: Multilateral Trade Bargaining: A First Look at the GATT Bargaining Records

Abstract: This paper empirically examines recently declassified data from the GATT/WTO on tariff bargaining. We document eight stylized facts about these interconnected high-stakes international negotiations. We use detailed product-level offer and counteroffer data to examine several questions about trade policy, including whether preferential tariff were a stumbling block towards liberalization, and whether the relaxation of bilateral reciprocity to multilateral reciprocity aided liberalization. We organize the empirical analysis around a theoretical model of multi-party trade negotiations motivated by the terms-of-trade theory and respecting the institutional features of most-favored-nation status and reciprocity.

The International Economics Seminar series is presented jointly with the Walsh School of Foreign Service and the Economics Department of Georgetown University.