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GTAP Resources: TASTE


TASTE for GTAP 8.1

Dr. Janine Pelikan, of the Thünen Institute, Braunschweig has very kindly prepared a TASTE Add-on for the GTAP 8.1 Data Base. This TASTE version is based on CEPII/ITC MacMAP flows and applied tariffs for 2007, but does NOT include bound rate data (applied rate field contains dummy numbers). However, you can still run a TASTE tariff simulation using the "A" series of tariff rules [AEQUALS, AMIN, ASWISS, AFSWISS, AGIRARD, ALINEAR and ATIERED] which change applied rates, rather than bound rates. Read more here.

Disclaimer: The authors of this version of TASTE Add-on, namely Mark Horridge, David Laborde and Janine Pelikan, are not responsible for ensuring the quality of the underlying tariff dataset, which was produced by ITC and CEPII.

TASTE: Tariff Analytical and Simulation Tool for Economists
TASTE is a program, developed by Mark Horridge and David Laborde, that reads from the MAcMapsHS6 data, produced by ITC-Geneva and CEPII. The TASTE program addresses two needs of GTAP users:
  1. To prepare files of tariff shocks where GTAP users need information about bound rates (not part of GTAP) and applied rates at a detailed sectoral level (HS6).
  2. To provide tariff data for SplitCom, which allows you to split one or more of the supplied 57 sectors in GTAP.
The current version of TASTE, dated November 2008, is designed to accompany the GTAP 7 Data Base. TASTE includes a huge database of bilateral trade flows from COMTRADE and of applied and bound tariff rates (from the 2004 MAcMapHS6 dataset, which is based on the ITC data further processed by CEPII) distinguishing around 200 countries and 5000 HS6 goods. The trade flows are consistent with the GTAP 7 Data Base.

The TASTE program itself reads the enormous MAcMapHS6 dataset and performs various operations, in particular: The TASTE program has been jointly developed by Mark Horridge from the Center of Policy Studies and David Laborde from IFPRI with funding from the US International Trade Commission, the Johann Heinrich von Thunen Institute, and the Center for Global Trade Analysis.

Documentation for TASTE is available at: Documentation of the Data used in TASTE is available at: