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Working Paper No. 1422

Unconstrained Trade: The Impact of EU Cage Bans on Exports of Poultry-Keeping Equipment

Working Paper
Reference
Ferguson, Shon (2021). “Unconstrained Trade: The Impact of EU Cage Bans on Exports of Poultry-Keeping Equipment”. IFN Working Paper No. 1422. Stockholm: Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN).

Author
Shon Ferguson

This study evaluates the impact of conventional cage bans for laying hens in the EU on exports of poultry-keeping equipment. Using detailed data on international trade in poultry-keeping equipment combined with an event study regression approach yields several new findings. The results suggest that the cage bans were associated with an increase in intra-EU trade, and also an increase in exports of poultry equipment from EU member states to non-EU countries where conventional cages are still permitted. The results suggest that some banned cages were likely exported to countries outside the EU to be used in egg production.