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Sicken thy neighbour: The initial trade policy response to COVID‐19


  • Simon J. Evenett


Since the onset of the COVID‐19 pandemic, many governments have limited exports of medical supplies and medicines. Pre‐pandemic barriers to imports of medical supplies and soap remain largely in place. Having characterised trade policy stance towards COVID‐19‐related goods, this study critically assesses the resort to export curbs and import taxes. Elements of an alternative, positive trade policy contribution to surmount this pandemic are presented.

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  • Simon J. Evenett, 2020. "Sicken thy neighbour: The initial trade policy response to COVID‐19," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 43(4), pages 828-839, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:worlde:v:43:y:2020:i:4:p:828-839
    DOI: 10.1111/twec.12954

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