Growth, real exchange rates and trade protectionism since the financial crisis
Georgios Georgiadis and
Johannes Gräb ()
No 1618, Working Paper Series from European Central Bank
Existing evidence suggests that protectionist activity since the financial crisis has been muted, raising the question whether the historically well-documented relationship between growth, real exchange rates and trade protectionism has broken down. This paper re-visits this relationship for the time period since 2009. To this end, we use a novel and comprehensive dataset which considers a wide range of trade policies stretching beyond the traditionally considered tariff and trade defence measures. We find that the specter of protectionism has not been banished: Countries continue to pursue more trade-restrictive policies when they experience recessions and/or when their competitiveness deteriorates through an appreciation of the real exchange rate; and this finding holds for a wide array of contemporary trade policies, including JEL Classification: F13, F14
Keywords: exchanges rates; growth; trade protectionism (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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