The Effect of Tariffs on Imports : A Sector-Wise Analysis of Indonesia in 2001-2012
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This paper examines the validity of the commonly accepted paradigm that tariffs discourage imports in Indonesia. Specifically, this paper investigates the effect of tariffs on imports by industry using six-digit sectoral trade data for the 2001-2012 period. We also measure the welfare cost of a marginal change in tariff rates in each industry using Harberger's approach. The results show that tariffs negatively affect only certain industries, such as chemical, stone/glass, and metals, but not other industries. The findings demonstrate that in these three industries, the welfare gain from a 1% decrease in the 2012 tariff rate amounts to approximately 3% of tariff revenue.
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Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation