Trade wars may ‘bloc up’ world trade (VOX)

Against the backdrop of new tariffs imposed by the Trump administration and retaliation from targeted countries, notably China, the trade wars of the 1930s have received renewed attention. This column argues that they mainly served to intensify a pre-existing trend towards the formation of trade blocs. The trade wars of the present day may therefore serve a similar purpose as those in the 1930s, that is, the intensification of China- and US-centric trade blocs.

https://voxeu.org/article/trade-wars-may-bloc-world-trade

David Jacks, Dennis Novy

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