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Import Propensities of Industrialized Countries: by James M. Lutz

By James M. Lutz

This quantity analyzes the import styles of chosen nations to figure out which international locations are energetic importers and which of them import less than anticipated. the vast majority of the paintings makes a speciality of the industrialized international locations, that are on the heart of the overseas buying and selling method, deciding upon that are very energetic importers and which aren't. Controls for wealth, dimension, and club in customs components are incorporated. international locations uploading at degrees lower than expected ones are the nations more likely to be prime at retaining household industries from overseas pageant. for instance, the consequences allow an review of the arguments that Japan has always imported below will be anticipated as a result of presence of obstacles maintaining the family market.

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126 In a broader sense they followed a statist pattern of trade policy similar in outline to that of some of the developed states. 127 While such policies have often been unsuccessful, they are another example of the presence of protection. Other developing states have applied protection, even if not part of a larger import substitution policy or as part Variables Influencing International Trade 27 of a statist pattern. 128 The prevalence of protection among developed and developing countries has also led to continuing debates over “fair trade” and level playing fields.

It can be costly for foreign producers or the firms importing the goods into the United States to contest the allegations of unfair trade practices, which have originated with domestic groups that seek the duties. The proceedings have been so time-consuming and costly that their existence was one factor that encouraged Canadian support for the free trade arrangement with the United States that preceded NAFTA. 58 Such contingent protection also has the advantage of being productand country-specific.

Between 1960 and 1980 overall imports per capita increased, even when the level of increasing wealth was factored into account (see Table 3–5). Between 1980 and 1990, however, there were clear declines in the relative import levels for many countries and marginal declines for a few others such as the United States and France. Thus, for many countries overall imports had not kept pace with increases in per capita income over this 20-year period, but imports of manufactured goods had. Such results would be in keeping with the general view that in developed nations the income elasticity for raw materials (including food) has been much less than it has been for manufactured goods.

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