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The 2020 trade impact of the Covid-19 pandemic
Xuepeng Liu, Emanuel Ornelas and Huimin Shi
June 2021
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Tags: covid-19; trade; exports; imports; china; growth

Worldwide merchandise trade flows decreased significantly in 2020, as Covid-19 disrupted economic activity across the globe. This column analyses how various pandemic-related factors shaped international trade flows. Specifically, it estimates how Covid-19 incidence and lockdown restrictions affected the monthly year-over-year growth of imports from China for all destinations to which China exported goods in 2019-2020. It finds that government measures to curb economic activities had a larger impact on a country's imports than the direct health and behavioural effects of the pandemic itself.