Trade Talks Episode 121: Can Infant Industry Protection Work? Evidence from Napoleon

The Napoleonic Blockade offered an opportunity for economists to see whether temporary protection from imports can help industrial development. Réka Juhász (Columbia University) joins to discuss her research into whether French regions better protected from trade with the British during the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815) did better in mechanized cotton spinning – the era’s frontier industry – than more exposed regions.
Featuring Soumaya Keynes (The Economist) and Chad P. Bown (PIIE)
February 12, 2020