Protectionism in Europe before 1939

  • Forrest Capie
Conference paper


The modest ambition of this paper is to indicate how protection developed in Europe before the second world war. Measuring the extent of protection is fraught with difficulties and while some measures are provided, no weight should be placed on these. They should be regarded rather as indicative of rising, declining, or static trends. If measuring protection is difficult, trying to quantify its impact is positively treacherous and is not broached in this paper. The paper simply sets out the general trends and is therefore suggestive of the mood before 1939, and places that in the longer-term perspective and to some extent in the wider geographical context. Some tentative remarks are made at the end on the pattern of world trade.


World Economy World Trade Trade Policy Tariff Level European Economic Integration 
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