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GTAP Resource #1442

"Assessing Non-Tariff Barriers in Syria"
by Chemingui, Mohamed Abdelbasset and Sebastien Dessus

In this paper, we estimate the magnitude of non-tariff barriers in Syria, which result notably from a complex system of positive and negative import lists. Our approach, based on the comparison of world and domestic prices of imports, suggests that non-tariff trade barriers far exceed tariff barriers as a percentage of GDP (6.0 percent against 2.4 percent). Equivalently, non-tariff barriers raise on average by 22 percent the domestic price of imported goods, against 8 percent for tariffs. These estimates provide a useful indication of the potential fiscal gains of converting NTBs to tariffs. In addition, non-tariff barriers raise on average by 22 percent the domestic price of imported goods, against only 8 percent for tariffs. Their costs for the Syrian economy is in turn assessed in this paper using a computable general equilibrium model (CGE). Quantitative simulations indicate that welfare gains resulting from a complete removal of NTBs could range between 0.4 and 4.8 percent of GDP, depending on the extent of technological upgrading triggered by greater competition and access to foreign markets and technology.

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Category: 2004 Conference Paper
Status: Published
By/In: Presented at the 7th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis, Washington DC, USA
Date: 2004
Created: Chemingui, M. (4/27/2004)
Updated: Chemingui, M. (4/27/2004)
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Is a draft, may be a revised version will be submitted next month (may 2004)

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