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Reference: Paul Collier and Anthony J. Venables, (2011). Illusory revenues: Import tariffs in resource-rich and aid-rich economies. Journal of Development Economics, 94 (2), 202 - 206.Citable link to this page:


Illusory revenues: Import tariffs in resource-rich and aid-rich economies.

Abstract: Where imports are financed predominantly by rents from resource extraction or aid the revenue generated by tariffs is illusory. Revenue earned by the tariff is offset by a reduction in the real value of aid and resource rents. Revenue is however moved between accounts in the government budget which, in the case of aid, may reduce the burden of donor conditionality. We demonstrate this proposition for a simple central case and show that the result is not overturned by generalisations around this case. We argue that trade policy formulation in such economies should recognize the illusory nature of tariff revenues.

Publication status:PublishedPeer Review status:Peer reviewedVersion:Accepted Manuscript Funder: Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource-Rich Economies   Funder: Centre for the Study of African Economies   Funder: Department for International Development   Notes:Copyright 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. NOTICE: this is the author's version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Development Economics. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Development Economics, 94, 2, (March 2011) DOI#10.1016/j.jdeveco.2010.01.015

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Publisher: Elsevier B.V.

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Author: Paul Collier - institutionUniversity of Oxford - - - Anthony J. Venables - institutionUniversity of Oxford - - - - Bibliographic



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