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March/April 2011, 
Vol. 93, No. 2
Posted 2011-03-01

Political Economy Determinants of Non-agricultural Trade Policy

by Subhayu Bandyopadhyay and Suryadipta Roy

The authors investigate several existing political economy hypotheses on trade policy using crosscountry trade-protection data for non-agricultural goods. The authors find that a left-leaning political regime leads to pro-labor trade policies only for a subset of trade policy measures.