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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 6: Nurturing the competitiveness of services exports: Metrics and policy options

Sebastián Sáez and Daria Taglioni

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


Enhancing services competitiveness is important because countries increasingly operate in a context of internationally fragmented models of production. This chapter is a contribution to the empirical literature on services competitiveness and aims to support policymakers to assess how policies may influence the efficiency of services determinants and of services exports, and to address the main policy constraints for the growth and development of trade in services. The chapter provides a framework for conducting an analysis and diagnostics of trade competitiveness of the services sector and provides policy responses to overcome identified constraints.

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