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Research Handbook on Trade in Services

Research Handbook on Trade in Services

Research Handbooks on the WTO series

Edited by Pierre Sauvé and Martin Roy

This Research Handbook explores the latest frontiers in services trade by drawing on insights from empirical economics, law and global political economy. The world’s foremost experts take stock of the learning done to date in services trade, explore policy questions bedevilling analysts and direct attention to a host of issues, old and new, confronting those interested in the service economy and its rising salience in cross-border exchange. The Handbook’s 22 chapters shed informed analytical light on a subject matter whose substantive remit continues to be shaped by rapid evolutions in technology, data gathering, market structures, consumer preferences, approaches to regulation and by ongoing shifts in the frontier between the market and the state.

Chapter 3: Trade costs and global value chains in services

Sébastien Miroudot and Ben Shepherd

Subjects: law - academic, international economic law, trade law

Abstract

The chapter builds on recent work measuring trade in value added and developing methodologies for estimating trade costs in order to empirically assess the costs faced by services exporters in the context of global value chains. The chapter first calculates trade costs for intermediate and final services and compares these costs across countries and sectors, as well as with similar costs faced by goods exporters. It then uses these measures of services trade costs along with new policy data from the OECD's Services Trade Restrictiveness Index (STRI) to analyze the determinants of trade costs in each instance, and identify policy implications.

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