Protectionist parties and antidumping in the US

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This week Tommaso Aquilante, a lecturer in Managerial Economics at the Birmingham Business School an issue which is likely to be of increasing importance in inter-country relationships. The full article is available as a pdf, published by the Birmingham Business School.

So what is antidumping?

Antidumping (AD) is the most popular import restriction among industrialised economies. In the United States, key decisions on AD are delegated to the International Trade Commission (ITC), an independent agency composed of six non-elected commissioners. This column examines their voting behaviour over three decades (1980 – 2010). AD decisions crucially depend on which party has appointed them and on the trade policy interests of key senators in that party: whether (Democratic) Republican-appointed commissioners vote in favor of AD depends crucially on whether the petitioning industry is key (in terms of employment) in the states represented by leading (Democratic) Republican senators. This casts further doubt on a protectionist measure, AD, that increasingly looks like an industrial policy tool rather than an instrument to be used to restore fairness in commercial exchanges.

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