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Vol. 92, No. 5
Posted 2010-09-01

Measuring International Trade Policy: A Primer on Trade Restrictiveness Indices


Measuring the overall restrictiveness of a country’s international trade policies is important and, in fact, essential for estimating the effects of trade policies and for negotiations to reduce trade barriers. A good measure is also difficult to produce: Trade restrictiveness indices are constructed by combining the actual structure of trade restrictions, which is generally quite different across goods, into a single number.



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