Benn Steil

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Trade Troubles

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The WTO has forecast that world trade will decline by 9% this year, the largest fall since World War II and the first decline since 1982. The severity of the contraction in world trade not only exceeds the post-WWII recession average, but is also deeper than in any post-war recession. In response, G20 leaders extended their agreement not to impose protectionist trade barriers to the end of 2010 and promised $250 billion in trade finance. Read more »

Trade Troubles

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The World Bank is predicting a 2.1% fall in world trade for 2009, the first decline since 1982. As our chart shows, East Asian exports are slowing in tandem with Western world imports. Although G20 leaders pledged to maintain open trade at the November 15th summit, there is concern that politicians will exacerbate the problem by turning inward. Already Russia and India have raised tariffs and China is under pressure to take steps to support exports. Read more »