Tariff revenue, government expenditure and growth in a small open economy

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Abstract

I develop a small open endogenous growth model with domestic and foreign intermediate goods. The Marshallian external economies in the domestic intermediate goods sector work as the engine of sustained growth. The model offers two arguments. First, imposing a trade distortion is growth- and welfare-improving if the government uses the tariff revenue for correcting the domestic distortion. Second, comparing the tariff with a lump-sum tax as a financing device, the former is certainly worse than the latter with respect to both growth and welfare if the two intermediate goods are substitutes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-406
Number of pages16
JournalJapanese Economic Review
Volume51
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

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  • Economics and Econometrics

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