Summary of Reinvigorating Trade to Support Growth

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Reinvigorating Trade to Support Growth summary
Global growth will continue to be weak without effective multilateral trade policies.


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The result of the Brexit vote and the ire in some circles over the Trans-Pacific Partnership raise questions about long-held beliefs in the broad-based benefits of trade. This pushback is of particular concern because global growth remains weak. Trade expansion since 2001 has slowed considerably from the boom years of the 1990s. This article from the International Monetary Fund argues that a future trade policy architecture must be multilateral and comprehensive to bolster growth. getAbstract recommends this compelling commentary to policy makers and business executives interested in what the next level of international trade might bring.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How trade growth has declined from 2001 to 2016 and
  • What trade agreement architecture can best reignite trade expansion.


Throughout the 1990s, as both the World Trade Organization and the European Union expanded, growth in world trade ran at twice that of global gross domestic product (GDP). Then trade growth turned downward, to 1.5 times that of global GDP over the period from 2001 through 2007. Trade restrictions instituted...
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The International Monetary Fund advises member nations on policy issues and works to promote economic stability and well-being.

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