When Britain Turned Inward: Protection and the Shift Towards Empire in Interwar Britain

62 Pages Posted: 13 Feb 2017 Last revised: 18 Apr 2021

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Alan de Bromhead

Queen's University Management School

Alan Fernihough

Queen's University Management School

Kevin O'Rourke

University of Oxford

Markus Lampe

Vienna University of Economics and Business

Date Written: February 2017

Abstract

International trade became much less multilateral during the 1930s. Previous studies, looking at aggregate trade flows, have argued that discriminatory trade policies had comparatively little to do with this. Using highly disaggregated information on the UK’s imports and trade policies, we find that policy can explain the majority of Britain’s shift towards Imperial imports in the 1930s. Trade policy mattered, a lot.

Suggested Citation

de Bromhead, Alan and Fernihough, Alan and O'Rourke, Kevin and Lampe, Markus, When Britain Turned Inward: Protection and the Shift Towards Empire in Interwar Britain (February 2017). NBER Working Paper No. w23164, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2915991

Alan De Bromhead (Contact Author)

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Alan Fernihough

Queen's University Management School ( email )

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Kevin O'Rourke

University of Oxford ( email )

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Markus Lampe

Vienna University of Economics and Business ( email )

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Vienna, Wien 1020
Austria

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