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Trade in Financial Services: Procompetitive Effects and Growth Performance

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  • Joseph F. Francois

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    (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

  • Lutger Schuknecht

    (World Trade Organisation)

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In this paper we explore linkages between financial services tradeand growth. We offer aformalization of the argument that trade, through the fostering offinancial market integration,may yield important long-run effects related to increasedcompetition. The relationshipsformalized here link long-run economic performance to scale economiesand cost structures inthe financial services sector, and to market concentration in thesector. We first develop ananalytical model. This motivates an econometric exercise. Cross-country growth regressionspoint to a strong positive relationship between financial sectorcompetition and financial sectoropenness, and between growth and financial sector competition.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 99-028/2.

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Keywords: financial services trade; service trade and imperfect competition; trade in services and growth;

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  5. Lee-Rong Wang & Chung-Hua Shen & Ching-Yang Liang, 2008. "Financial Liberalization under the WTO and Its Relationship with the Macro Economy," NBER Chapters, in: International Financial Issues in the Pacific Rim: Global Imbalances, Financial Liberalization, and Exchange Rate Policy (NBER-EASE Volume 17), pages 315-345 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  6. Joseph Francois & Ian Wooton, 2000. "Market Structure, Trade Liberalization and the GATS," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 00-059/2, Tinbergen Institute.
  7. Hui Huang & John Whalley & Shunming Zhang, 2005. "Trade Liberalization in a Joint Spatial Inter-Temporal Trade Model," CESifo Working Paper Series 1463, CESifo Group Munich.
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