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4 Aug 2015    Journal Articles
Egger, Peter , Francois, Joseph


Non-tariff barriers, integration and the transatlantic economy

Non-tariff barriers, integration and the transatlantic economy

Peter Egger, Joseph Francois, Miriam Manchin, Douglas Nelson Economic Policy, volume 30, Issue 83Pp. 539 - 584, 2015

Abstract
We examine the potential impact of TTIP through trade-cost reductions, applying a mix of econometric and computational methods to develop estimates of the benefits (and costs) for the EU, United States, and third countries. Econometric results point to an approximate 80% growth in bilateral trade with an ambitious trade agreement. However, at the same time, computable general equilibrium (CGE) estimates highlight distributional impacts across countries and factors not evident from econometrics alone. Translated through our CGE framework, while bilateral trade increases roughly 80%, there is a fall of about 2.5% in trade with the rest of the world in our central case. The estimated gains in annual consumption range between 1% and 2.25% for the United States and EU, respectively. A purely discriminatory agreement would harm most countries outside the agreement, while the direction of third-country effects hinges critically on whether NTB reductions end up being discriminatory or not. Within the United States and EU, while labour gains across skill categories, the impact on farmers is mixed.

Non-tariff barriers, integration and the transatlantic economy