Edited by Pierre Sauvé and Anirudh Shingal
This chapter takes stock of the forces that lie behind the recent rise of preferentialism in services trade. Its initial focus is on a number of distinguishing features of services trade that sets it apart from trade in goods and shapes trade liberalization and rule_making approaches in the services field. The chapter then documents the nature, modal and sectoral incidence of the trade and investment preferences spawned by PTAs in services. It does so with a view to addressing the questions of whether and how the preferential treatment of services trade is truly preferential in character and effect. Finally, the chapter addresses a number of considerations arising from attempts to multilateralize preferential access and rule_making in services trade.
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