Queen's Economics Department Working Paper No. 1114
Queen's University, Department of Economics, Kingston (Ontario)
This paper asks whether the results obtained from using the standard approach to testing the influential Grossman and Helpman "protection for sale" (PFS) model of political economy might arise from a simpler setting. A model of imports and quotas with protection occuring in response to import surges, but only for organized industries, is simulated and shown to provide parameter estimates consistent with the protection for sale framework. This suggests that the standard approach may be less of a test than previously thought.
Common agency Political economy Protection for sale Quotas Non tariff barriers