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New eBook: COVID-19 and Trade Policy: Why Turning Inward Won’t Work

April 29, 2020

On 26 April 2020, as we wrapped up this eBook, there were over three million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and over 200,000 deaths worldwide (Roser et al 2020).  Those are frightening numbers. But what is even more disturbing is the growth rate; today’s death toll is twice what it was two weeks ago. This explosive growth has forced nations to take ‘emergency manoeuvres.’ 
To slow the spread, governments have imposed what the IMF calls “The Great Lockdown”. Restrictions on our economic, personal, and social lives that would have been unthinkable just three months ago are now viewed as normal. The pandemic has changed the world faster than most expected and in ways few anticipated. 
COVID-19 and Trade Policy: Why Turning Inward Won’t Work, co-edited by Richard Baldwin and Simon J.

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COVID-19 and Trade Policy: Why Turning Inward Won’t Work

April 29, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic sparked broad-ranging resort to export restrictions on medical supplies and food. This eBook asks: Should governments react to the health, economic, and trade crises by turning inward? The authors provide an unequivocal answer: No. Turning inward won’t help today’s fight against COVID-19. National trade barriers in a world of internationalised manufacturing processes will make it harder for every nation to produce vital medical supplies. Insular policies will also fail to foster economic recovery, and they are a threat to the collaborative spirit that the human race will need to defeat this threat.

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Contents
Foreword by Gordon Brown
IntroductionRichard Baldwin and

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