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Tariff history lessons from the European periphery : protection intensity and the infant industry argument in Spain and Italy 1870-1930

Lehren der Zollgeschichte aus der europäischen Peripherie: Protektionsintensität und das 'Infant Industry Argument' in Spanien und Italien
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Tena Junguito, Antonio

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Abstract 'This paper endeavors to study Spanish protectionism on the Italian mirror. On the assumption that the literature presents both European peripheral countries at a similar stage of development and commercial policy replies to late 19th century economic globalization. Italian tariff policy was much more moderate and influenced by fiscal duties than the Spanish one that enjoined a very high tariffs on the manufacture sector. This paper present by first time a unified data base of effective protection and revealed comparative advantage for both countries and develop a new test based on the infant industry argument. Conclusions emphasize the existence of significant different tariff policies in Spain and Italy between 1870-1930 as a relevant variable in the configuration their respective export manufacture competitiveness and specialization in the long run.' (author's abstract)|
Keywords historical development; protectionism; tariff policy; Europe; trade policy; Italy; Spain; nineteenth century
Classification Social History, Historical Social Research
Method empirical; historical
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 340-362
Journal Historical Social Research, 35 (2010) 1
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works