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1 International Business Chapter Seven Governmental Influence on Trade

2 2 Chapter Objectives To realize the rationales for government policies that enhance and restrict trade To interpret the effects of pressure groups on trade policies To understand the comparison of protectionist rationales used in high-income countries with those used in low- income countries economies To comprehend the potential and actual effects of government intervention on the free flow of trade To understand the major means by which trade is restricted and regulated To grasp the business uncertainties and business opportunities created by government trade policies

3 3 Introduction Protectionism refers to those government restrictions and incentives specifically designed to help a countys domestic firms compete with foreign competitors at home and abroad. Governments intervene in the trade process to attain economic, social, and/or political objectives. Whenever governments impede the flow of imports and/or encourage the flow of exports, they simul- taneously provide direct and/or indirect subsidies for their domestic firms. Protectionist measures are likely to lead to retaliation by affected stakeholders.

4 4 Fig. 7.2: Physical and Societal Influences on Protectionism and Companies Competitive Environment

5 5 Fig. 7.1: Import Market Shares of Clothing in the U.S. before and after the Multifiber Arrangement

6 6 Rationales for Government Intervention in Trade ECONOMIC RATIONALESNONECONOMIC RATIONALES Prevent unemploymentMaintain essential industries Protect infant industriesDeal with unfriendly countries Promote industrializationMaintain or extend spheres of influence Improve position com- pared to other countries Preserve national identity

7 7 Economic Rationales for Government Intervention: Prevent Unemployment By limiting imports, local jobs are retained as firms and consumers are forced to purchase domestically produced goods and services. Unless the protectionist country is relatively small, such measures are usually ineffective. Such measures are likely to lead to retaliation unless either the protectionist or the affected country is relatively small. Such measures may decrease export-related jobs because of (i) price increases for components or (ii) lower incomes abroad. Governments must carefully balance the costs of higher prices with the costs of unemployment and the displaced production that would result from freer trade.

8 8 Economic Rationales for Government Intervention: Protect Infant Industries Infant Industry Argument [Alexander Hamilton, 1792]: A government should temporarily shield emerging industries in which the country may ultimately possess a comparative advantage from international competition until its firms are able to compete in world markets. Hamilton reasoned that eventual competitiveness would result from: movement along the learning curve the efficiency gains from achieving the economies of large-scale production Ultimately, the validity of the argument rests on the expectation that the future benefits of an internationally competitive industry will exceed the costs of the associated protectionist measures.

9 9 Economic Rationales for Government Intervention: Promote Industrialization Industrialization Argument: The development of national industrial output should be supported, even though domestic prices may not be competitive on the world market. Terms of trade describes the quantity of imports that a given quantity of a countrys exports can buy. Export-led development encourages national economic development by harnessing a country-specific advantage and building a vibrant manufacturing sector through the stimulation of exports. Many of todays emerging economies emulate historical practices and use protectionism to spur local industrialization. [continued]

10 10 Supporters of the industrialization argument claim that: surplus workers can more easily increase manufacturing output than agricultural output foreign investment inflows promote sustainable growth fluctuating prices are a major detriment to those economies that depend on just a few commodities demand for and prices of raw materials and agricultural commodities do not rise as fast as the demand for and prices of finished goods export promotion, and possibly import substitution, lead to sustainable economic development industrialization helps the nation-building process

11 11 Economic Rationales for Government Intervention: Improve Relative Economic Position Countries may impose trade restrictions to improve their relative competitive posi- tions. Their primary motivations are: balance-of-payments adjustments comparable access, i.e., fairness leverage as a bargaining tool price-control objectives [continued]

12 12 The comparable access argument, i.e., fairness, promotes the idea that a countrys firms are entitled to the same access to foreign markets as foreign firms have to its market. Dumping refers to the practice of pricing exports below cost, or below their home-country prices, i.e., below their fair market value. The optimum-tariff theory claims that a foreign producer will lower its prices if the destination country places a tariff on its products. So long as the price is reduced by any amount, some shift in revenue goes to the importing country, and the tariff is deemed an optimum one.

13 13 Noneconomic Rationales for Government Intervention Maintenance of essential industries Essential industry argument: a government applies restrictions to protect essential domestic industries (particularly defense) so that the country is not dependent on foreign sources of supply Prevention of shipments to unfriendly countries Maintenance or extension of spheres of influence Preservation of national identity

14 14 Instruments of Trade Control Instruments of trade control can: -directly limit the amount that can be traded -indirectly affect the amount traded by directly influencing prices Tariffs (also called duties) are taxes levied on (internationally) traded products. Nontariff barriers (NTBs) represent administrative regulations, policies, and procedures, i.e., quantitative and qualitative barriers, that directly or indirectly impede international trade. While tariff barriers directly affect prices and subsequently the quantity demanded, nontariff barriers may directly affect price and/or quantity.

15 15 Fig. 7.4: Comparison of Trade Restrictions

16 16 Instruments of Trade Control: Tariffs Tariffs, i.e., taxes levied on (internationally) traded products, include: exports tariffs, levied by the country of origin on exported products transit tariffs, levied by a country through which goods pass en route to their final destination import tariffs, levied by the country of destination on imported products A tariff increases the delivered price of a product, and, at the higher price, the quantity demanded will be less. [continued]

17 17 A specific duty is a tariff that is assessed on a per unit basis. An ad valorem tariff is assessed as a percentage of the value of an item. If both a specific duty and an ad valorem tariff are assessed on the same product, it is known as a compound duty. While raw materials frequently enter industrial countries tariff free, an ad valorem tariff is often applied to the total value of manufactured goods. Critics argue that the effective tariff on the manufactured portion, i.e., the value- added portion, is higher than the published tariff.

18 18 Instruments of Trade Control: Nontariff BarriersDirect Price Influences Subsidies: direct or indirect financial assistance from governments to their domestic firms to help them overcome market imperfections and thus make them more competitive in the marketplace. Aid and loans: tied aid and loans require that the recipient spend the funds in the donor country Customs valuation: determining the true value and/or origin of traded products Other direct price influences: special fees, deposits, minimum price levels

19 19 Instruments of Trade Control: Nontariff BarriersQuantity Controls Quota: a numerical limit on the quantity of a product that may be imported or exported in a given period of time –Voluntary export restraints (VERs): negotiated limitations of exports from one country to another –Embargo: an outright ban on imports from or exports to a particular country Because of the increase in the equilibrium price, a quota may increase per unit revenues for participants within the protected market. [continued]

20 20 Buy local legislation Specific permission requirements –Import and export licenses –Foreign exchange controls Administrative delays Reciprocal requirements –Barter –Offset Restrictions on services –Essentiality –Professional standards –Immigration

21 21 Dealing with Government Intervention Firms can deal with trade restrictions by: moving operations to lower-cost countries concentrating on market niches that attract less international competition adopting internal innovations that lead to greater efficiency and/or superior products trying to secure government protection

22 22 Implications/Conclusions When governments choose to impede the flow of imports and encourage the flow of exports, they simultaneously provide direct and/or indirect subsidies for their domestic industries. It is difficult to determine the real effects of trade barriers due to the likelihood of retaliation and the fact the imports and exports can both have positive effects.

23 23 Much government interference in the international trade process is motivated by political rather than economic factors. A companys particular international strategy will determine the extent to which it might benefit from protectionist measures.

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