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Volume 57, Issue 9 -10

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Trade Creation and Diversion in the Enlarged EU Market: Evidence for Agricultural Trade in Slovakia

Ciaian, Pavel; Drabik, Dusan; Pokrivcak, Jan

Year: 2007   Volume: 57   Issue: 9 -10   Pages: 433-447

Abstract: In the paper the authors analyze the changes in agricultural trade patterns in Slovakia influenced by the gradual trade liberalization that occurred prior to European Union enlargement in 2004. The results show a significant trade-diversion effect of the enlargement on Slovak agricultural trade. A one-percentage-point reduction in the agricultural tariff rate of Slovakia increases agricultural imports from EU15 and Central and East European countries (CEEC) by around 3 percent. Given that the average reduction in tariff rates was 10.4 percent, the authors can conclude that approximately 31.4 percent of the increase in agricultural imports from the EU15 and CEEC was due to elimination of tariffs as Slovakia (and the other CEECs) joined the EU.

JEL classification: C20; F14; F15

Keywords: agricultural trade; EU enlargement; Slovakia; trade liberalization

RePEc: http://ideas.repec.org/a/fau/fauart/v57y2007i9-10p433-447.html

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