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Something Rational in the State of Denmark? The Case of an Outsider in the Cobden-Chevalier Network 1860-1875

  • Markus Lampe

    (Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen)

  • Paul Sharp

    (Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

We examine the case of an important outsider to the Cobden-Chevalier network of bilateral treaties in the second half of the nineteenth century. We attempt to explain this through a study of the structure of Danish trade and protection. We demonstrate, in contrast to previous accounts that have considered Danish trade policy somewhat irrational, that Denmark was right to remain outside. She had little to gain from concluding treaties, since her main trading partners offered free trade for her exports, agricultural goods, and she needed her own tariffs for revenue purposes.

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Paper provided by University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 09-20.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2009
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Handle: RePEc:kud:kuiedp:0920
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  1. Markus Lampe, 2009. "Effects of Bilateralism and the MFN Clause on International Trade – Evidence for the Cobden-Chevalier Network, (1860-1875)," CQE Working Papers 0209, Center for Quantitative Economics (CQE), University of Muenster.
  2. Markus Lampe, 2010. "Explaining Nineteenth-Century Bilateralism: Economic and Political Determinants of the Cobden-Chevalier Network," CQE Working Papers 1410, Center for Quantitative Economics (CQE), University of Muenster.
  3. Baier, Scott L. & Bergstrand, Jeffrey H., 2004. "Economic determinants of free trade agreements," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 64(1), pages 29-63, October.
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