COVID-19 and Trade Policy: Why Turning Inward Won’t Work


Richard E. Baldwin & Simon J. Evenett | 29 Apr 2020

World trade will soon collapse largely as a result of governments’ battle against the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Conventional wisdom has it that economic recessions are the handmaiden of protectionism. Should governments turn inward and further weaken cross-border commercial ties? The contributors to this eBook assess pandemic-era trade policy developments, reference precedent cases, and provide an unequivocal answer: No.


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