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Trade costs and productivity in services sectors

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  • Miroudot, Sébastien
  • Sauvage, Jehan
  • Shepherd, Ben

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This paper provides the first evidence linking lower international trade costs with higher productivity in services sectors. On average, lowering trade costs by 10% is associated with a gain in total factor productivity of around 0.5%, which is an effect of similar magnitude to that for goods sectors.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 114 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 36-38

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:114:y:2012:i:1:p:36-38

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Keywords: Trade policy; Trade in services; Productivity;

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Cited by:
  1. Shepherd, Ben, 2012. "Services firms in the developing world: An empirical snapshot," MPRA Paper 41732, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Miroudot, Sebastien & Shepherd, Ben, 2012. "The paradox of “preferences”: regional trade agreements and trade costs in services," MPRA Paper 41090, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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