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Sophistication in Service Exports and Economic Growth

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  • Mishra, Saurabh

    ()
    (World Bank)

  • Lundstrom, Susanna

    ()
    (World Bank)

  • Anand, Rahul

    (International Monetary Fund)

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Services can now be stored and traded digitally, and they are not subject to many of the trade barriers that physical exports have to overcome. Services are no longer exclusively an input for trade in goods, but have become a “final export” for direct consumption. It is important to note that services not only have become more tradable, but also can be increasingly unbundled: a single service activity in the global supply chain can now be fragmented and done separately at different geographic locations. This has led to a new channel of growth—what we call service export sophistication.

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Article provided by The World Bank in its journal Economic Premise.

Volume (Year): (2011)
Issue (Month): 55 (April)
Pages: 1-4

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Handle: RePEc:wbk:prmecp:ep55

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Keywords: Exports; service exports; outsourcing; trade; growth; india; trade barriers; unbundled; supply chain; sophistication; developing countires;

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  1. Ejaz Ghani & Homi Kharas, 2010. "The Service Revolution," World Bank Other Operational Studies 10187, The World Bank.
  2. Ricardo Hausmann & Jason Hwang & Dani Rodrik, 2005. "What You Export Matters," NBER Working Papers 11905, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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  4. Escaith, Hubert, 2008. "Measuring trade in value added in the new industrial economy: statistical implications," MPRA Paper 14454, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  5. Mishra, Saurabh & Lundstrom, Susanna & Anand, Rahul, 2011. "Service export sophistication and economic growth," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5606, The World Bank.
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