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Four Great Asian Trade Collapses

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  • Alan de Bromhead
  • Alan Fernihough
  • Markus Lampe
  • Kevin Hjortshøj O’Rourke

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This paper introduces a new dataset of commodity-specific, bilateral import data for four large Asian economies in the interwar period: China, the Dutch East Indies, India, and Japan. It uses these data to describe the interwar trade collapses in the economies concerned. These resembled the post-2008 Great Trade Collapse in some respects but not in others: they occurred along the intensive margin, imports of cars were particularly badly affected, and imports of durable goods fell by more than those of non-durables, except in China and India which were rapidly industrializing. On the other hand the import declines were geographically imbalanced, while prices were more important than quantities in driving the overall collapse.

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  • Alan de Bromhead & Alan Fernihough & Markus Lampe & Kevin Hjortshøj O’Rourke, 2021. "Four Great Asian Trade Collapses," Working Papers 20210063, New York University Abu Dhabi, Department of Social Science, revised Apr 2021.
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    • N75 - Economic History - - Economic History: Transport, International and Domestic Trade, Energy, and Other Services - - - Asia including Middle East
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