Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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Research Institute of Industrial Economics

No 1422: Unconstrained Trade: The Impact of EU Cage Bans on Exports of Poultry-Keeping Equipment

Shon Ferguson ()
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Shon Ferguson: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Postal: Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Stockholm, Sweden,

Abstract: This paper evaluates the impact of conventional cage bans for laying hens in the EU on exports of poultry-keeping equipment. Using detailed data on international trade in poultry-keeping equipment combined with an event study regression approach yields several new findings. The results suggest that the cage bans were associated with an increase in intra-EU trade, and also an increase in exports of poultry equipment from EU member states to non-EU countries where conventional cages are still permitted. The results suggest that some banned cages were likely exported to countries outside the EU to be used in egg production.

Keywords: International trade; Policy leakage; Animal welfare

JEL-codes: F13; F15; Q17

Language: English

23 pages, December 13, 2021

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