Mercantilism as Strategic Trade Policy: The Anglo-Dutch Rivalry for the East India Trade

@article{Irwin1991MercantilismAS,
  title={Mercantilism as Strategic Trade Policy: The Anglo-Dutch Rivalry for the East India Trade},
  author={Douglas A. Irwin},
  journal={Journal of Political Economy},
  year={1991},
  volume={99},
  pages={1296 - 1314}
}
  • D. Irwin
  • Published 1 December 1991
  • Economics, History
  • Journal of Political Economy
This paper interprets seventeenth-century mercantilism in light of recent theories of strategic trade policy. Long-distance international commerce during the mercantilist period was undertaken chiefly by state-chartered monopoly trading companies and was therefore conducted under conditions of imperfect competition. The economic structure of the Anglo-Dutch rivalry for the East India trade provides an excellent illustration of an environment in which the profit-sharting motive for strategic… 
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