Starjournal Quotation de Bromhead, Alan, Fernihough, Alan, Lampe, Markus, O´Rourke, Kevin Hjortshøj. 2019. When Britain Turned Inward: The Impact of Interwar British Protection. American Economic Review. 109 (2), 325-352.




International trade collapsed, and also became much less multilateral, during the 1930s. Previous studies, looking at aggregate trade flows, have argued that trade policies had relatively little to do with either phenomenon. Using a new dataset incorporating highly disaggregated information on the United Kingdom's imports and trade policies, we find that while conventional wisdom is correct regarding the impact of trade policy on the total value of British imports, discriminatory trade policies can explain the majority of Britain's shift toward Imperial imports in the 1930s.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal American Economic Review
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A+
Starjournal Y
Language English
Title When Britain Turned Inward: The Impact of Interwar British Protection
Volume 109
Number 2
Year 2019
Page from 325
Page to 352
Reviewed? Y
Open Access Y
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JEL F13, F14, F54, N74


Lampe, Markus (Details)
de Bromhead, Alan (Queen´s University Belfast, United Kingdom)
Fernihough, Alan (Queen´s University Belfast, United Kingdom)
O´Rourke, Kevin Hjortshøj (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
Institute for Economic and Social History IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5340 Economic history (Details)
6521 Economic history (Details)
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