From Smoot-Hawley to ‘America first’ and ‘strategic sovereignty’
Column by Koen Berden, Joseph Francois and Fredrik Erixon on VOX CEPR Policy Portal, published on 26 June 2020.
Calls for more protectionism have been on the rise for some time now, and have surged again with the Covid-19 pandemic. This column points to similar policies and their negative consequences during the Great Depression. Discussing similarities and differences of the economic situation between then and now and drawing on lessons from the Great Depression, it highlights the very negative consequences of increasing protectionism.