100 years of tariff protection in Australia

Peter Lloyd

Australian Economic History Review: an Asia-Pacific journal of economic, business and social history | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2008


This paper presents time series of tariff rates in Australia from the time of Federation. As a preliminary to the construction of economy-wide series, it constructs series for three broadly representative goods throughout the 100 years: passenger motor vehicles, blankets, and beer. It then constructs two economy-wide series, one for all imports and another for dutiable imports only. It discusses the main events relating to turning points in the series and concludes with some applications. © 2008 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd and The Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand.

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