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Pre-Empting Protectionism in Services: The GATS and Outsourcing

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  • Aaditya Mattoo
  • Sacha Wunsch-Vincent

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Cross-border trade in services is growing rapidly, with both developed and developing countries among the most dynamic exporters. Despite the substantial global benefits from such trade, the adjustment pressures created in importing countries could provoke a protectionist backlash -- some signs of which are already visible in procurement and regulatory restrictions. The current negotiations under the Doha Development Agenda offer an opportunity to lock in current openness and pre-empt protectionism. This note describes how a bold initiative under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) can help secure openness. Copyright 2004, Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal Journal of International Economic Law.

Volume (Year): 7 (2004)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 765-800

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Handle: RePEc:oup:jieclw:v:7:y:2004:i:4:p:765-800

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  1. Primo Braga, Carlos A., 2005. "E-commerce regulation: New game, new rules?," The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 45(2-3), pages 541-558, May.
  2. Jarman, Holly & Greer, Scott, 2010. "Crossborder trade in health services: Lessons from the European laboratory," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 94(2), pages 158-163, February.
  3. Jacob Funk Kirkegaard, 2007. "Offshoring, Outsourcing, and Production Relocation—Labor-Market Effects in the OECD Countries and Developing Asia," Working Paper Series WP07-2, Peterson Institute for International Economics.
  4. Arpita Mukherjee & Paramita Deb Gupta, 2006. "Prospects for IT-Enabled Services Under a Indo-US FTA," Trade Working Papers 22230, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
  5. Fink, Carsten & Nikomborirak, Deunden, 2007. "Rules of origin in services : a case study of five ASEAN countries," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4130, The World Bank.

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