The TASTE program has been designed to allow a large number of users to analyze existing trade policies and perform tariff scenarios. It is based on the MAcMap-HS6 database (version 2, baseyear 2004). It addresses several needs in terms of trade policy analysis. Among them:
- Queries on the MAcMap-HS6 database and computation of aggregate tariffs (bound and applied) at different sectoral and regional level (different aggregation methods allowed);
- Simulations of tariff changes resulting from a trade policy scenario implemented at the product (HS6) level. Outputs can be used in different General and Partial Equilibrium models and for instance, the integration in runGTAP is straightforward;
- Disaggregation tools for GTAP users in combination with the SPLITCOM software.
TASTE comes with a huge database of bilateral trade flows and of applied and bound tariff rates distinguishing around 200 countries and 5000 HS6 goods. This data, based on a number of sources, has been processed by David Laborde. The trade flows are consistent with Version 7 of the GTAP database. The data has been compressed to fit on a normal CD.
First make sure you have at least 7GB free on your hard disk.