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1 Protection and the National Welfare Chapter 10Protection and the National Welfare
2 PreviewPartial equilibrium analysis of tariffs: supply, demand and trade in a single industryCosts and benefits of tariffsExport subsidiesImport quotasVoluntary export restraintsLocal content requirements
3 Import Tariffs and Export Subsidies Import tariffs are taxes levied on importsExport subsidies are payments given to domestic producers that export.Both policies influence the terms of trade and therefore national welfare.
4 Import Tariffs and Export Subsidies (cont.) Import tariffs and export subsidies drive a wedge between prices in world markets (or external prices) and prices in domestic markets (or internal prices).The terms of trade refers to the relative value of a country’s exports and a country’s imports.Since exports and imports are traded in world markets, the terms of trade measures external prices.
5 Import Tariffs and Distribution of Income Across Countries If the domestic country imposes a tariff on food imports, the price of food relative to price cloth that domestic citizens face is higher.Likewise, the price of cloth relative to the price of food that domestic consumers and producers pay is lower.Domestic producers will receive a lower relative price of cloth, and therefore will be more willing to switch to food production: the relative supply curve will shift.Domestic consumers will pay a lower relative price of cloth, and therefore be more willing to switch to cloth consumption: the relative demand curve will shift.
6 Import Tariffs and Distribution of Income Across Countries (cont.)
7 Import Tariffs and Distribution of Income Across Countries (cont.) When the domestic country imposes an import tariff, the terms of trade increases and the welfare of the country may increase.The magnitude of this effect depends on the size of the domestic country relative to the world economy.If the country is small part of the world economy, its tariff (or subsidy) policies will not have much effect on world relative supply and demand, and thus on the terms of trade.But for large countries, a tariff rate that maximizes national welfare at the expense of foreign countries may exist.
8 Export Subsidies and Distribution of Income Across Countries If the domestic country imposes a subsidy on cloth exports, the price of cloth relative to price food that domestic citizens face is higher.Domestic producers will receive a higher relative price of cloth, and therefore will be more willing to switch to cloth production: the relative supply curve will shift.Domestic consumers will pay a higher relative price of cloth, and therefore be more willing to switch to food consumption: the relative demand curve will shift.
9 Export Subsidies and Distribution of Income Across Countries (cont.)
10 Export Subsidies and Distribution of Income Across Countries (cont.) When the domestic country imposes an export subsidy, the terms of trade decreases and the welfare of the country decreases to the benefit of the foreign country.
11 Import Tariffs, Export Subsidies and Distribution of Income Across Countries The two country, two good model predicts thatan import tariff by the domestic country can increase domestic welfare at the expense of the foreign country.an export subsidy by the domestic country reduces domestic welfare to the benefit of the foreign country.
12 Import Tariffs and Export Subsidies Export subsidies on a good decrease the relative world price of that good by increasing relative supply of that good and decreasing relative demand of that good.Import tariffs on a good decrease the relative world price of that good (and increase the relative world price of other goods) by increasing the relative supply of that good and decreasing the relative demand of that good.
13 Import Tariffs, Export Subsidies and Distribution of Income Within a Country Because of changes in relative prices, import tariffs and export subsidies have effects on income distribution among producers within a country.
14 Import Tariffs, Export Subsidies and Distribution of Income Within a Country (cont.) Generally, a domestic import tariff increases income for domestic import-competing producers by allowing the price of their goods to rise to match increased import prices, and it shifts resources away from the export sector.Generally, a domestic export subsidy increases income for domestic exporters, and it shifts resources away from the import-competing sector.
15 Types of TariffsA specific tariff is levied as a fixed charge for each unit of imported goods.For example, $1 per kg of cheeseAn ad valorem tariff is levied as a fraction of the value of imported goods.For example, 25% tariff on the value of imported cars.Let’s now analyze how tariffs affect the economy.
16 Supply, Demand and Trade in a Single Industry Let’s construct a model measuring how a tariff affects a single market, say that of wheat.Suppose that in the absence of trade the price of wheat in the foreign country is lower than that in the domestic country.With trade the foreign country will export: construct an export supply curveWith trade the domestic country will import: construct an import demand curve
17 Supply, Demand and Trade in a Single Industry (cont.) An export supply curve is the difference between the quantity that foreign producers supply minus the quantity that foreign consumers demand, at each price.An import demand curve is the difference between the quantity that domestic consumers demand minus the quantity that domestic producers supply, at each price.
18 Supply, Demand and Trade in a Single Industry (cont.)
19 Supply, Demand and Trade in a Single Industry (cont.)
20 Supply, Demand and Trade in a Single Industry (cont.) In equilibrium,import demand = export supplydomestic demand – domestic supply =foreign supply – foreign demandworld demand = world supply
21 Supply, Demand and Trade in a Single Industry (cont.)
22 The Effects of a TariffA tariff acts as an added cost of transportation, making shippers unwilling to ship goods unless the price difference between the domestic and foreign markets exceeds the tariff.If shippers are unwilling to ship wheat, there is excess demand for wheat in the domestic market and excess supply in the foreign market.The price of wheat will tend to rise in the domestic market.The price of wheat will tend to fall in the foreign market.
23 The Effects of a Tariff (cont.) Thus, a tariff will make the price of a good rise in the domestic market and will make the price of a good fall in the foreign market, until the price difference equals the tariff.PT – P*T = tPT = P*T + tThe price of the good in foreign (world) markets should fall if there is a significant drop in the quantity demanded of the good caused by the domestic tariff.
25 The Effects of a Tariff (cont.) Because the price in domestic markets rises (to PT), domestic producers should supply more and domestic consumers should demand less.The quantity of imports falls from QW to QTBecause the price in foreign markets falls (to P*T), foreign producers should supply less and foreign consumers should demand more.The quantity of exports falls from QW to QT
26 The Effects of a Tariff (cont.) The quantity of domestic import demand equals the quantity of foreign export supply when PT – P*T = tIn this case, the increase in the price of the good in the domestic country is less than the amount of the tariff.Part of the tariff is reflected in a decline of the foreign country’s export price, and thus is not passed on to domestic consumers.“Pass-through” TariffBut this effect is often not very significant.
27 The Effects of a Tariff in a Small Country When a country is “small”, it has no effect on the foreign (world) price of a good, because its demand for the good is an insignificant part of world demand.Therefore, the foreign price will not fall, but will remain at PwThe price in the domestic market, however, will rise to PT = Pw + t
28 The Effects of a Tariff in a Small Country (cont.)
29 Effective Rate of Protection The effective rate of protection measures how much protection a tariff or other trade policy provides domestic producers.It represents the change in value that an industry adds to the production process when trade policy changes.The change in value that an industry provides depends on the change in prices when trade policies change.Effective rates of protection often differ from tariff rates because tariffs affect sectors other than the protected sector, a fact which affects the prices and value added for the protected sector.
30 Effective Rate of Protection (cont.) For example, suppose that an automobile sells on the world market for $8000, and the parts that made it are worth $6000.The value added of the auto production is $8000-$6000Suppose that a country puts a 25% tariff on imported autos so that domestic auto assembly firms can now charge up to $10000 instead of $8000.Now auto assembly will occur if the value added is up to $10000-$6000.
31 Effective Rate of Protection (cont.) The effective rate of protection for domestic auto assembly firms is the change in value added:($ $2000)/$2000 = 100%In this case, the effective rate of protection is greater than the tariff rate.
32 Costs and Benefits of Tariffs A tariff raises the price of a good in the importing country, so we expect it to hurt consumers and benefit producers there.In addition, the government gains tariff revenue from a tariff.How to measure these costs and benefits?We use the concepts of consumer surplus and producer surplus.
33 Consumer SurplusConsumer surplus measures the amount that a consumer gains from a purchase by the difference in the price he pays from the price he would have been willing to pay.The price he would have been willing to pay is determined by a demand (willingness to buy) curve.When the price increases, the quantity demanded decreases as well as the consumer surplus.
35 Producer SurplusProducer surplus measures the amount that a producer gains from a sale by the difference in the price he receives from the price he would have been willing to sell at.The price he would have been willing to sell at is determined by a supply (willingness to sell) curve.When price increases, the quantity supplied increases as well as the producer surplus.
37 Costs and Benefits of Tariffs A tariff raises the price of a good in the importing country, making its consumer surplus decrease (making its consumers worse off) and making its producer surplus increase (making its producers better off).Also, government revenue will increase.
39 Costs and Benefits of Tariffs (cont.) For a “large” country that can affect foreign (world) prices, the welfare effect of a tariff is ambiguous.The triangles b and d represent the efficiency loss.The tariff distorts production and consumption decisions: producers produce too much and consumers consume too little compared to the market outcome.The rectangle e represents the terms of trade gain.The terms of trade increases because the tariff lowers foreign export (domestic import) prices.
40 Costs and Benefits of Tariffs (cont.) Government revenue from the tariff equals the tariff rate times the quantity of imports.t = PT – P*TQT = D2 – S2Government revenue = t x QT = c + ePart of government revenue (rectangle e) represents the terms of trade gain, and part (rectangle c) represents part of the value of lost consumer surplus.The government gains at the expense of consumers and foreigners.
41 Costs and Benefits of Tariffs (cont.) If the terms of trade gain exceeds the efficiency loss, then national welfare will increase under a tariff, at the expense of foreign countries.However, this analysis assumes that the terms of trade does not change due to tariff changes by foreign countries (i.e., due to retaliation).
43 Figure 10.2 The Effect of a Tariff on Production
44 The initial free-trade prices are shown by line 1; production is at A National income, measured in units of food, is OF.A tariff on imports of food raises the domestic relative price of food, as is shown by line 2.Resources are shifted into food, production moves to point B.At world prices national income in food units has been reduced to ODLine 3 is parallel to line 1.
46 Production remains at A on the right-angled TAT’ transformation schedule. A tariff raises the relative domestic price of food to line 2 (parallel to line 3 and 4).Food consumption falls by the substitution effect (from G to H) plus an income effect (from H to J)Distance EC measures the tariff revenue in terms of food.The trade triangle shrinks from GKA to JLA
48 A tariff raises the domestic relative price of food (shown by lines 2 and 3) above the fixed world price (shown by lines 1 and 4).Domestic production of food rises from A to B.Domestic consumption of food falls from G to J.The trade triangle shrinks form GKA to JLB.
52 Import Tariffs and Export Subsidies (cont.) Import tariffs and export subsidies drive a wedge between prices in world markets (or external prices) and prices in domestic markets (or internal prices).The terms of trade refers to the relative value of a country’s exports and a country’s imports.Since exports and imports are traded in world markets, the terms of trade measures external prices.
54 Meltzer Paradox: Another Example World price Internal priceInternal price increases(Pc/Pf)=3/5(1.2)=3/6(Pc/Pf)=4/5(1.2)=4/6(Pc/pf)w=3/5(Pc/pf)w=4/5
55 Metzler ParadoxAn import tariff has the direct effect of raising the internal relative import price.However, an import tariff might improve a country’s TOT so much—that is, raise the relative price of export good so much on the world markets.As a result, the internal relative price of the import good fall, or say, internal relative price of the export good increase.Then, a country is better off.
56 Export Subsidy An export subsidy can also be specific or ad valorem A specific subsidy is a payment per unit exported (Korean, 1960s).An ad valorem subsidy is a payment as a proportion of the value exported.An export subsidy raises the price of a good in the exporting country, making its consumer surplus decrease (making its consumers worse off) and making its producer surplus increase (making its producers better off).Also, government revenue will decrease.
57 Export Subsidy (cont.)An export subsidy raises the price of a good in the exporting country, while lowering it in foreign countries.Suppose A and B produce same products, if A exports to get higher price, and if domestic price doesn’t change, B will envy and export tooAt a result, no firm will supply the domestic market.Consumers have to pay Pw+s to get the exportable.In contrast to a tariff, an export subsidy worsens the terms of trade by lowering the price of domestic products in world markets.
60 Export Subsidy in Small & Large Country For small country, an export subsidy raises the price of a good in the exporting country.For large country, an export subsidy raises the price of a good in the exporting country, while lowering it in foreign countries.This is because the export subsidy makes domestic firm supply more to the foreign country.In contrast to a tariff, an export subsidy worsens the terms of trade by lowering the price of domestic products in world markets.
61 Export Subsidies and Distribution of Income Across Countries (cont.)
63 Export Subsidy (cont.)An export subsidy unambiguously produces a negative effect on national welfare.The triangles b and d represent the efficiency loss.The tariff distorts production and consumption decisions: producers produce too much and consumers consume too little compared to the market outcome.The area b + c + d + f + g represents the cost of government subsidy.In addition, the terms of trade decreases, because the price of exports falls in foreign markets to P*s.
64 Welfare Loss: Large vs. Small country For large country, its welfare loss is much larger than its counterpart for a small country.Deadweight loss in Large= (b+e)+(d+g)+fB+e in large=B in small: consumption distortionD+g in large=D in small: production distortionF is the extra loss in large country when compared to small country.Implication: for a large economy, it is unwise to use the export subsidy policy.
65 Export Subsidy in Europe The European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy sets high prices for agricultural products and subsidizes exports to dispose of excess production.The subsidized exports reduce world prices of agricultural products.Consider the determination of TOTThe direct cost of this policy for European taxpayers is almost $50 billion.But the EU has proposed that farmers receive direct payments independent of the amount of production to help lower EU prices and reduce production.
66 Agricultural Export Subsidy The top four regimes:(1) EU, account for 90% in the world.(2) Switzerland, 5%(3) U.S. :2%(4) Norway 1%The agricultural export subsidy is scheduled to be terminated in 2013.
68 Import QuotaAn import quota is a restriction on the quantity of a good that may be imported.This restriction is usually enforced by issuing licenses to domestic firms that import, or in some cases to foreign governments of exporting countries.A binding import quota will push up the price of the import because the quantity demanded will exceed the quantity supplied by domestic producers and from imports.
69 Import Quota (cont.)When a quota instead of a tariff is used to restrict imports, the government receives no revenue.Instead, the revenue from selling imports at high prices goes to quota license holders: either domestic firms or foreign governments.These extra revenues are called quota rents.
72 Quota Rent Allocations Direct offer to the importing firms: firms get benefit C.Indirect offer to the importing firms according to applications: firms get less benefit C.Public Auction: benefit=C.Grant to the exporting country
73 Why Quota but not tariffs? It is more direct . Under tariffs, maybe foreign exporters can lower their price to attract home to import more.WTO pressure. Tariffs vs NTBsRich countries’ tariff is reduced from 40% to 3%.Pool countries’ tariff is reduced to 10%.Only some restrictions on the Tokyo round in 1979.
74 Two different effects of Import Quotas Equivalence of import tariff and import quota under perfect competitionNon-equivalence of import tariff and import quota under imperfect competitionMonopoly
77 Monopolist under free trade Without trade, the monopolist set price at Pm and produce Qm to earn the extra profit according to MR=MCIn the presence of free trade, price equals world price, and then it produces Qf, which is lower than Qm.
79 Monopoly with tariffsWith tariff, the domestic price now is pw+t, which is still lower than the monopoly price.The domestic monopolist still cannot get the monopoly power.Consumers consume C2 and the firm produces Qt.Import M2.The deadweight loss is b+d
80 Monopoly with QuotasWith quota Q=M2, home’s total demand minus the quota is the domestic residual demand.Such demand is supplied by the monopolist.Therefore, the monopolist can set a monopoly price at Pq, which is higher than the market price with tariff, Pw+t.Consumption is C3 and production is Qq.
82 Effect of change of domestic demand Before change, effect of quota equals that of tariff: Q=40, t=0.5Now if domestic demand increases, for this small country, foreign demand shifts to the right also.For tariff: import more, increase from 40 to 60, deadweight loss is k.But, suppose import quota keeps fixed at 40, then the excess demand will push up the domestic price to 2.However, this causes more deadweight loss, now is h+i+j+k, though the quota rent also increases.
84 Effect of change from world supply Small home countryWorld price is 1, impose tariff t=0.5, it is the same as to impose quota 40.However, when foreign export supply increases, the foreign supply curve shifts right.The new world price is 0.5, domestic price is 1 given tariff is 0.5, then the deadweight loss is k.However, if quota is still fixed at 40, then the deadweight loss is i+j+k.Quota rent increases from (1.5-1)*40 to ( )*40.
85 Voluntary Export Restraint A voluntary export restraint works like an import quota, except that the quota is imposed by the exporting country rather than the importing country.However, these restraints are usually requested by the importing country.The profits or rents from this policy are earned by foreign governments or foreign producers.Foreigners sell a restricted quantity at an increased price.
86 Feenstra’s Research on VER Section 201: Domestic Tariffs are allowed if there is substantial injury by foreign’s tariffs.Substantial Cause: Tariffs are most important cause of injury to the domestic industry.In the early 1980, Paul Volcker uses tight monetary policy to contract the economy, interest rate increases, a strong dollar, and a deep recession beginning in January 1980.In June, 1980, the United Automobile Workers applied to the ITC for protection under section 201 U.S. trade laws.
87 Feenstra’s Research on VER However, U.S. ITC deny their application to confirm that the U.S. recession was a more important cause of injury in autos than were increased imports.Then, several senates in the Midwestern states pursued import limits by other means.CARs—VERTrucks—Complete tariffs, chicken war with GermanyHeavyweight Motorcycle—tariffsJapan agrees to voluntary restraint their export to the U.S.A
88 Feenstra’s Research on VER On May 1,1981, 2 weeks before the hearing, Japan agree to restrict their export.1981: 1.83 million1984: 2.02 million1992: 2.51 millionThe VER was nearly exactly satisfied in early years, and remain binding until 1987.After that, however, actual imports were below the VER, so is stopped in 1994.Why? –Japan began assembling cars in the U.S.Social Welfare Cost: $1034 per import car.
89 Local Content Requirement A local content requirement is a regulation that requires a specified fraction of a final good to be produced domestically.It may be specified in value terms, by requiring that some minimum share of the value of a good represent domestic valued added, or in physical units.
90 Local Content Requirement (cont.) From the viewpoint of domestic producers of inputs, a local content requirement provides protection in the same way that an import quota would.From the viewpoint of firms that must buy domestic inputs, however, the requirement does not place a strict limit on imports, but allows firms to import more if they also use more domestic parts.
91 Local Content Requirement (cont.) Local content requirement provides neither government revenue (as a tariff would) nor quota rents.Instead the difference between the prices of domestic goods and imports is averaged into the price of the final good and is passed on to consumers.
92 Other Trade Policies Export credit subsidies Government procurement A subsidized loan to exportersUS Export-Import Bank subsidizes loans to US exporters.Government procurementGovernment agencies are obligated to purchase from domestic suppliers, even when they charge higher prices (or have inferior quality) compared to foreign suppliers.Bureaucratic regulationsSafety, health, quality or customs regulations can act as a form of protection and trade restriction.
93 Government procurement If quantity of government procurement is less than the quantities produced by domestic firms in free trade, then there is no distortion on production and importHowever, when it is higher than domestic original production, this will raise domestic price.As a result, producer surplus increasesBut Government has to pay more.It has deadweight lossImport also decreases.
95 Government procurement In the absence of government procurement requirement, government buys S1, and import G-S1.In the presence of government procurement requirement, government buy G but pays Pd. Total cost=a+b.Producers gain=aDeadweight loss=b.Import decreases from M1 to M2 accordingly.
98 Summary (cont.)A tariff decreases the world price of the imported good when a country is “large”, increases the domestic price of the imported good and reduces the quantity traded.A quota does the same.An export subsidy decreases the world price of the exported good when a country is “large”, increases the domestic price of the exported good and increases the quantity produced.
99 Summary (cont.)The welfare effect of a tariff, quota and export subsidy can be measured by:Efficiency loss from consumers and producersTerms of trade gain or lossWith import quotas, voluntary export restraints and local content requirements, the government of the importing country receives no revenue.With voluntary export restraints and occasionally import quotas, quota rents go to foreigners.