Impact of NAFTA on U.S. and Mexican sugar markets

Troy Schmitz, Karen E. Lewis

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When NAFTA became fully implemented for sugar in 2008, Mexico became the leading sugar exporter into the United States, accounting for nearly 70% of U.S. imports in 2013. A partial equilibrium trade model was developed to estimate the welfare implications of NAFTA for U.S. and Mexican sugar markets from 2008 to 2013. While the net effect of NAFTA on U.S. welfare and Mexican sugar producers was positive, U.S. sugar producers suffered significant losses. The net Mexican welfare effect of NAFTA was significantly positive in 2011, negative in 2008, and slightly positive in 2009-2010 and 2012-2013.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-404
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2015


  • Mexico
  • Producer surplus
  • Sugar
  • Trade policy
  • Welfare economics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


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