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The Impacts of Free Trade Agreements on the Intensive and Extensive Margins of Canadian Agri-food Trade

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dc.contributor.advisor Afesorgbor, Sylvanus McDougall, Brendan 2020-05-28T20:57:25Z 2020-05-28T20:57:25Z 2020-05-26 2020-05-11 2020-05-28
dc.description.abstract We add to the empirical trade literature by testing the impacts of Canada’s Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) on the intensive and extensive margins of agri-food trade. The agri-food sector is an important to the Canadian economy and export markets continue to be a source of growth. FTAs are designed to reduce trade barriers and increase trade amongst member nations. We use an augmented gravity model with disaggregated trade data from the UN Comtrade Database spanning from 1988-2018 to conduct our analysis. Our study observes trade stimulating effects for 11 of Canada’s 14 FTAs. On the trade creating effect, we find that FTAs have heterogeneous impact on both the intensive and extensive margins. Agreements that reduce variable trade costs (such as tariffs) are not reduced to competitive levels have a negative intensive margin effect. Our study also concludes that time is a key indicator of trade growth along the extensive margin. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Guelph en_US
dc.subject Intensive Margin en_US
dc.subject Extensive Margin en_US
dc.subject Free Trade Agreement en_US
dc.subject Agri-food trade en_US
dc.title The Impacts of Free Trade Agreements on the Intensive and Extensive Margins of Canadian Agri-food Trade en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics en_US Master of Science en_US Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics en_US
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