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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Rho, Youngwoo
Author's Email Address youngwoo.rho@gmail.com
URN etd-06142013-235042
Title Essays on Trade Agreements and Export Dynamics
Degree PhD
Department Economics
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Eric W. Bond Committee Chair
Brett V. Benson Committee Member
Joel B. Rodrigue Committee Member
Robert A. Driskill Committee Member
  • Tariff Policy
  • Political Economics
  • International Trade
  • Investment and Export Dynamics
Date of Defense 2013-04-05
Availability unrestricted
The economic effects of the World Trade Organization (WTO) trade agreements

and firm level export dynamics are presented in this thesis. The first

chapter focuses on the dynamic aspects of most favored nation (MFN) tariffs

and temporary trade barriers (TTBs) in developing countries. My findings

demonstrate that these two policies have complementary characteristics. In

the second chapter, I present theory and empirical evidence that show how

efficient tariff ceilings are established under the WTO trade agreements. I

found a negative correlation between tariff ceilings and measures of import

market power. The third and fourth chapters analyze the exporting behaviors

of firms in Indonesia with a dynamic model, especially focusing on the

relationship between their exporting and investing behaviors. The third

chapter explains several stylized facts in developing countries with dynamic

model that is structurally estimated, and the fourth chapter focuses on the

causal links between exports and investments. As a whole, this thesis

analyzes tariff policies and firm's export dynamics in developing countries.

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