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Volume 7, Issue 1 (Aug 2007)

Ideology, Inequality and Inequitable Trade Policies

Daron O Djerdjian
  • 1American University of Sharjah,
Published Online: 2007-08-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1935-1682.1636


Does more wealth inequality lead to more inequitable trade policies? To answer this question, this study develops a political economy model of international trade theory and predicts that in a pro-worker regime, an increase in wealth inequality leads to more equitable trade policies. In a pro-capitalist regime, an increase in wealth inequality leads to more inequitable trade policies. Using cross-country data on political ideology, wealth inequality and different measures of trade policies, this paper finds empirical support for these predictions.

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Keywords: trade policy; ideology; inequality; protection; welfare

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Published Online: 2007-08-15

Citation Information: The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, ISSN (Online) 1935-1682, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1935-1682.1636. Export Citation

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