Great Trade Collapse

The Great Trade Collapse, a consequence of the 2008 financial crisis, occurred between the third quarter of 2008 and the second quarter of 2009[1]. During this time, world GDP dropped by 1% and world trade dropped by 10%. This drop in global trade was synchronized[2] across almost every country in the world. Researchers cite three main reasons for the collapse: sudden drops in demand and supply, credit constraint, and a stifled global value chain.


  1. ^The Great Trade Collapse: Causes, Consequences and Prospects by Richard Baldwin in 2009
  2. ^The Great Synchronisation: tracking the trade collapse with high-frequency data by Joaquim Oliveira Martins and Sónia Araújo in 2009


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