Economic Sanctions and Demand for Protection

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How do the distributional consequences of economic sanctions impact future trade policy? Regardless of whether sanctions are effective in achieving concessions, sanctions restrict international trade flows, creating rents for import-competing producers, who are protected from international competition. These rents can then be used to pressure the government to implement protectionist policies. Thus, while the lifting of sanctions directly facilitates some international transactions, sanctions also have an indirect effect. They create powerful domestic interest groups in the sanctioned country who seek market protection. I use multiple estimators to evaluate the effect of trade sanctions on tariff rates. The evidence is consistent with the argument that sanctions increase market protection in both the short and long run.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1073-1094
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Conflict Resolution
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 May 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • coercion
  • economic sanctions
  • political economy
  • trade


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