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A large body of empirical research indicates that countries with relatively low policy-induced trade barriers tend to enjoy relatively rapid growth, ceteris paribus. In contrast, theoretical models suggest that the relationship between trade barriers and growth may be contingent on the level of income, as well as on the level of tariffs. Employing a single direct trade-barrier measure -ad valorem tariff rates -we find a distinct dichotomy in the relationship between tariffs and growth betweendoi:10.1162/rest.88.4.625 fatcat:quviciy2avd7thyciblbd5lbpe