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Market Structure in Services and Market Access in Goods

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  • Joseph Francois

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    (Faculty of Economics, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, and CEPR)

  • Ian Wooton

    (Strathclyde University, and CEPR)

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We examine interaction between trade in goods and market power in domestic trade and distribution, developing a model that highlights this interaction. Theory points to an expected linkage between service sector competition and goods trade, one supported by econometrics involving import patterns of 21 OECD countries vis-à-vis 86 trading partners. This points to significant linkages between effective market access conditions for goods and the structure of the service sector. Because of the implied interaction, ignoring the structure of the domestic service sector may lead to a substantial underestimation of the direct impact of tariffs on trade flows.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 04-050/2.

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Date of creation: 04 May 2004
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Keywords: market access; services trade; trade liberalization; competition policy; imperfect competition; GATS;

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Cited by:
  1. Francois, Joseph & Hoekman, Bernard & Manchin, Miriam, 2005. "Preference erosion and multilateral trade liberalization," Policy Research Working Paper Series 3730, The World Bank.
  2. Carolina Lennon, 2008. "Trade in services and trade in goods: differences and complementarities," Working Papers halshs-00586223, HAL.
  3. Hoekman. Bernard & Prowse, Susan, 2005. "Economic policy responses to preference erosion : from trade as aid toaid for trade," Policy Research Working Paper Series 3721, The World Bank.

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