Smoot-Hawley: Lessons From the Most Infamous U.S. Tariff Act

Smoot-Hawley: Lessons From the Most Infamous U.S. Tariff Act

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Abstract

This case examines how the Smoot-Hawley Act was a precursor to the many protectionist tendencies in the United States today, and places it in the economic history of the country. The history of the act and the context of its passing are highlighted, and readers are encouraged to think about the factors that led to its passing as well as its eventual scaling back.

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