Journal article

The economic impact of imports on the Australian pig industry: is it time for the WTO’s safeguard measures? 2. Re-estimating the Productivity Commission’s vector auto-regression and inverse demand models

Garry Griffith, M Popat, S Mounter

Australasian Agribusiness Review | University of New England | Published : 2017


In its 2008 Inquiry report into the impact of imports on the Australian pig meat industry, the Productivity Commission (PC) concluded that the main reason for the declining profitability of pig farmers in Australia was the higher costs of feed in the domestic market. Movements of the Australian dollar were also found to favour increased imports of pig meat. Based on analyses conducted with data up to 2007, the PC was unable to justify the need for Australia to activate the safeguard measures prescribed under the World Trade Organization (WTO) rules in order to temporarily protect the local pig industry. In a preceding paper, using exactly the same methods but with a dataset updated to 2013, ..

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