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Trade in International Transport Services: The Role of Competition

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  • Joseph Francois

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    (Erasmus University Rotterdam, and CEPR)

  • Ian Wooton

    (University of Glasgow, and CEPR)

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We are concerned with trade in transport services (not cabotage butrather international shipping, transport,and related logistical services) and the importance of competitionand market structure in the sector. Weexamine implications of liberalization for profits, trade, andnational gains from trade. Though past GATSmaritime negotiations involved the maritime nations, we also flaginterests of consuming nations(particularly poorer developing countries). We further illustrateissues raised in the analytical sectionthrough a computational example, to provide a rough sense of ordersof magnitude and the importance of theissues raised for basic gains from improved market access.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 00-057/2.

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Date of creation: 31 Jul 2000
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:20000057

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Keywords: services trade; trade liberalization; market access; imperfect competition;

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