Working Paper Series
National Standards and International Trade
() 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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