Tariff Concessions in Preferential Trade Agreements

While the policy scope of preferential trade agreements has steadily expanded over the past few decades, one of their core functions remains the removal of import tariffs. Understanding the drivers and dynamics of such tariff decisions is therefore an important component to scholarship on trade policy. However, while tariff schedules are publicly available, their information is generally not formatted in a research-friendly manner. This dataset provides the product-level tariff concessions made in recent bilateral preferential trade agreements in a clean and consistent format. By encoding the decisions about removal and delay as they are made, as opposed to the applied tariff rates available from other sources, this dataset is particularly suitable to studying the decision-making and negotiating dynamics of governments.

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