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Beyond Brigden: Australia’s pre-war manufacturing tariffs, real wages and economic size

Tyers, Rod; Colman, William


Like many industrialised economies in the pre-depression era, Australia elected to maintain a highly protectionist trade policy regime and hence to retard its integration with the global economy. The rationale for Australia’s protectionism was, as elsewhere, the enhancement of worker welfare. The Brigden Report offered a pre-Stolper-Samuelson recognition that protection of labour intensive industries would bolster Australia’s real wage, though the Report did not highlight the further...[Show more]

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Date published: 2005
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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