When is trade protection good for growth?

Jenny Minier, Bulent Unel

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The empirical relationship between trade protection and economic growth is surprisingly fragile, as shown in a number of other papers. We address one possible explanation for these findings: that the relationship is contingent on the pattern of comparative advantage, following the endogenous growth literature. Our findings suggest that such contingencies do in fact exist-in particular, the correlation between tariffs and growth is strong and positive for skill-abundant countries-and are robust to the choice of control variables.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-71
Number of pages10
JournalEconomic Inquiry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (all)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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