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Article: Do technical barriers to trade promote or restrict trade? Evidence from China

TitleDo technical barriers to trade promote or restrict trade? Evidence from China
Authors
KeywordsChina's trade
Coverage ratio
Frequency index
Non-tariff barriers
Technical barriers to trade
Issue Date2010
PublisherCity University of Hong Kong, Department of Economics & Finance. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.roae.org/
Citation
Asia-Pacific Journal Of Accounting And Economics, 2010, v. 17 n. 3, p. 253-278 How to Cite?
AbstractThe use of technical barriers to trade (TBT) is widespread and has increasing impact on international trade. In contrast to most other trade measures, TBT have both trade promotion and trade restriction effects. Due to their theoretical complexity and data scarcity, TBT have been considered as one of the most difficult non-tariff barriers (NTBs) to quantify. In this paper, we construct a TBT database from 1998-2006 to examine the influence of TBT imposed by China on the country's imports. When using the frequency index, we find that TBT are trade restrictive: a one unit increase in TBT will decrease import value by about 0.8%. However, when the coverage ratio is used, we find that the negative effects of TBT are not statistically significant based on the entire period. However, if the focus is shifted to data from 1998-2001, we find that TBT have trade promotion effects. A one unit increase in TBT will increase import value by about 0.2%. Finally, China's TBT (measured by both frequency index and coverage ratio) are trade restricting for agriculture goods but trade promoting for manufacturing goods.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/164724
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 0.067
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.221
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dc.contributor.authorBao, Xen_HK
dc.contributor.authorQiu, LDen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-20T08:08:43Z-
dc.date.available2012-09-20T08:08:43Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_HK
dc.identifier.citationAsia-Pacific Journal Of Accounting And Economics, 2010, v. 17 n. 3, p. 253-278en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1608-1625en_HK
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dc.description.abstractThe use of technical barriers to trade (TBT) is widespread and has increasing impact on international trade. In contrast to most other trade measures, TBT have both trade promotion and trade restriction effects. Due to their theoretical complexity and data scarcity, TBT have been considered as one of the most difficult non-tariff barriers (NTBs) to quantify. In this paper, we construct a TBT database from 1998-2006 to examine the influence of TBT imposed by China on the country's imports. When using the frequency index, we find that TBT are trade restrictive: a one unit increase in TBT will decrease import value by about 0.8%. However, when the coverage ratio is used, we find that the negative effects of TBT are not statistically significant based on the entire period. However, if the focus is shifted to data from 1998-2001, we find that TBT have trade promotion effects. A one unit increase in TBT will increase import value by about 0.2%. Finally, China's TBT (measured by both frequency index and coverage ratio) are trade restricting for agriculture goods but trade promoting for manufacturing goods.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherCity University of Hong Kong, Department of Economics & Finance. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.roae.org/en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofAsia-Pacific Journal of Accounting and Economicsen_HK
dc.subjectChina's tradeen_HK
dc.subjectCoverage ratioen_HK
dc.subjectFrequency indexen_HK
dc.subjectNon-tariff barriersen_HK
dc.subjectTechnical barriers to tradeen_HK
dc.titleDo technical barriers to trade promote or restrict trade? Evidence from Chinaen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailQiu, LD: larryqiu@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1080/16081625.2010.9720865-
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