The Macroeconomic Effects of Trade Tariffs : Revisiting the Lerner Symmetry Result

Author/Editor:

Jesper Lindé ; Andrea Pescatori

Publication Date:

July 7, 2017

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Summary:

We study the robustness of the Lerner symmetry result in an open economy New Keynesian model with price rigidities. While the Lerner symmetry result of no real effects of a combined import tariff and export subsidy holds up approximately for a number of alternative assumptions, we obtain quantitatively important long-term deviations under complete international asset markets. Direct pass-through of tariffs and subsidies to prices and slow exchange rate adjustment can also generate significant short-term deviations from Lerner. Finally, we quantify the macroeconomic costs of a trade war and find that they can be substantial, with permanently lower income and trade volumes. However, a fully symmetric retaliation to a unilaterally imposed border adjustment tax can prevent any real or nominal effects.

Series:

Working Paper No. 17/151

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

July 7, 2017

ISBN/ISSN:

9781484306116/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2017151

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

54

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