Technology adoption, government policy and tariffication

Josh Ederington, Phillip McCalman

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We integrate trade policy into an open-economy model of technology adoption to investigate the impact of alternate trade barriers on the equilibrium diffusion of a cost-saving technology. It is shown that even when ad-valorem tariffs have a neutral impact on technology adoption, non-tariff barriers such as quotas can be used to affect the speed of technology diffusion in both the home and foreign countries. In addition, we demonstrate how, in an open-economy setting, tariffication (i.e., the conversion of quotas to ad-valorem tariffs) can lead to faster technology adoption world-wide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-347
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of International Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 2013


  • Quotas
  • Tariffs
  • Technology adoption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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