A Handbook of International Trade in Services

Paperback | November 22, 2007

EditorAaditya Mattoo, Robert M. Stern, Gianni Zanini

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International trade and investment in services are an increasingly important part of global commerce. Advances in information and telecommunication technologies have expanded the scope of services that can be traded cross-border. Many countries now allow foreign investment in newly privatizedand competitive markets for key infrastructure services, such as energy, telecommunications, and transport. More and more people are travelling abroad to consume tourism, education, and medical services, and to supply services ranging from construction to software development. In fact, services arethe fastest growing components of the global economy, and trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) in services have grown faster than in goods over the past decade and a half.International transactions, however, continue to be impeded by policy barriers, especially to foreign investment and the movement of service-providing individuals. Developing countries in particular are likely to benefit significantly from further domestic liberalization and the elimination ofbarriers to their exports. In many instances, income gains from a reduction in protection to services may be far greater than from trade liberalization in goods. In light of the increasing importance of international trade in services and the inclusion of services issues on the agendas of the multilateral, regional and bilateral trade negotiations, there is an obvious need to understand the economic implications of services trade and liberalization. AHandbook of International Trade in Services provides a comprehensive introduction to the subject, making it an essential reference for trade officials, policy advisors, analysts, academics, and students. Beginning with an overview on the key issues in trade in services and discussion of the GATS,the book then looks at trade negotiations in the service sector, the barriers to trade in services, and concludes by looking at a number of specific service sectors, such as financial services, e-commerce, health services, and the temporary movement of workers.

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International trade and investment in services are an increasingly important part of global commerce. Advances in information and telecommunication technologies have expanded the scope of services that can be traded cross-border. Many countries now allow foreign investment in newly privatizedand competitive markets for key infrastructu...

Aaditya Mattoo is Lead Economist in the Development Research Group of the World Bank. Prior to joining the Bank in 1999, Mr. Mattoo was Economic Counsellor at the Trade in Services Division, World Trade Organization (WTO), Geneva. He also served as Economic Affairs Officer in the Economic Research and Analysis and Trade Policy Revie...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:624 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 1.33 inPublished:November 22, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199235228

ISBN - 13:9780199235223

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1. Aaditya Mattoo and Robert M. Stern: OverviewPart I. The Framework of Trade in Services2. Rudolf Adlung and Aaditya Mattoo: The GATS3. Andreas Maurer, Yann Marcus, Joscelyn Magdeleine, and Barbara d'Andrea: Measuring Trade in Services4. Geza Feketekuty: A Guide to Services NegotiationsPart II. Analyzing Trade in Services5. Brian Copeland and Aaditya Mattoo: The Basic Economics of Services Trade6. Alan V. Deardorff and Robert M. Stern: Empirical Analysis of Barriers to International Services Transactions and the Consequences of LiberalizationPart III. Sectoral Analysis7. Wendy Dobson: Financial Services and International Trade Agreements: The Development Dimension8. Philippa Dee and Christopher Findlay: Trade in Infrastructure Services: A Conceptual Framework9. Christopher Findlay: Transport Services10. Peter F. Cowhey and Jonathan D. Aronson: Trade in Telecommunications Services11. Carlos S. Primo Braga: E-Commerce Regulation: New Game, New Rules?12. Richard Smith, Chantal Blouin, Nick Drager, and David P. Fidler: Trade in Health ServicesPart IV. Mode 4 and Regionalism13. L. Alan Winters: The Temporary Movement of Workers to Provide Services (GATS Mode 4)14. Aaditya Mattoo and Pierre Sauve: Regionalism in Services Trade