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Napoleonic protectionism: how France's cotton industry gained
Réka Juhász
January 2015
Paper No' CEPCP438:
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CentrePiece 19 (3) Winter 2015

Tags: economic history; france; great britain; trade; industrialisation; technology

Can temporary protection from trade with advanced economies foster the development of ‘infant industries’ in developing countries? Reka Juhasz considers a natural experiment: Napoleon’s wartime blockade of British exports, which allowed protected regions to build capacity in the new technology of mechanised cotton spinning and later to compete successfully in international markets.

This article summarises ‘Temporary Protection and Technology Adoption: Evidence from the Napoleonic Blockade’ by Reka Juhasz, CEP Discussion Paper No.1322, December 2014