“The good, the bad and the ugly: Chinese imports, European Union anti-dumping measures and firm performance”

“The good, the bad and the ugly: Chinese imports, European Union anti-dumping measures and firm performance”

Lizza Jabbour, Zhigang Tao, Enrico Vanino and Yan Zhang

In: Journal of International Economics, Vol. 117, March 2019, Pages 1-20

This paper analyses the effects of the European Union’s anti-dumping tariffs against Chinese imports on all affected firms: “the good” European import-competing firms, “the bad” Chinese exporters and “the ugly” European importers of dumped products. The results show that temporary import tariffs are beneficial to the least productive “good” EU producers, but harms the most productive “ugly” EU importers. Overall, the net effects of anti-dumping policy on European employment and exports are largely negative. Also tariffs enhance the productivity of surviving “bad” Chinese exporters and widens the productivity gap with European competitors.