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Trade Globalisation in the Last Two Centuries

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 21:26
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by Voxeu.org

– this post authored by Michel Fouquin and Jules Hugot

Appeared originally on Voxeu.org 17 September 2016

Historians and economists generally identify two periods of trade globalisation, the first beginning around 1870 and the second during the 1970s. The column argues that new data from 1827 onwards shows globalisation beginning as trade barriers were lowered around 1840, and that both periods of globalisation were surprisingly fuelled by a regionalisation of world trade. If globalisation continues to grow in future, regionalisation may decline.

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