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No 547:
National Standards and International Trade

Mattias Ganslandt () and James R. Markusen

Abstract: Standards and technical regulations which govern the admissibility of imported goods into an economy raise costs of exporters entering new markets, and may have a particularly high impact on firms seeking to export from developing countries. Yet standards may also have a positive side, such as certifying product quality and safety for the consumer. This paper analyzes potential conflicts of interest between consumers and firms in a developed and a developing country under different assumptions about the costs and benefits of standards imposed on tradable products by one or both of the countries. 

Keywords: Technical Standards; Product Standards; Non-Tariff Barriers; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: F12; F13; F15; (follow links to similar papers)

21 pages, January 30, 2001

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