Revenue-neutral tariff reform and growth in a small open economy

Takumi Naito*

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Formulating a two-final-good, two-input, small open endogenous growth model, we analyze the growth effect of revenue-neutral tariff reform. We find that the growth effect of tariff reform depends on the pattern of trade and the elasticities of substitution between inputs and between consumption of final goods. When the economy specializes in the capital good, the revenue-neutral substitution of a tariff on the imported final good for a tariff on the foreign intermediate good always raises the growth rate. However, when the economy specializes in the consumption good, the revenue-neutral tariff reform may raise or lower the growth rate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-232
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Development Economics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jun
Externally publishedYes


  • Elasticity of substitution
  • Revenue-neutral tariff reform
  • Small open endogenous growth model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Economics and Econometrics


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