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Trade in Services and Human Development: A First Look at the Links

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  • Shepherd, Ben

    (Asian Development Bank Institute)

  • Pasadilla, Gloria

    (Asian Development Bank Institute)

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Some services directly produce outputs that are important for human development, such as basic human services. Many other services are important inputs into the production and distribution of goods that are necessary for human development purposes. A more efficient services sector should mean that such goods and services can be made available to poor people more cost effectively and more broadly. In line with this reasoning, we find in the data that less restrictive services trade policies are associated with better human development outcomes across a range of sectors. Appropriate services trade liberalization can therefore promote human development directly through improved outcomes, in addition to indirectly effects through the income channel.

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Paper provided by Asian Development Bank Institute in its series ADBI Working Papers with number 268.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 10 Mar 2011
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Handle: RePEc:ris:adbiwp:0268

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Keywords: trade in services; services sector regulation; human development; poverty reduction;

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  1. Christian Bjørnskov & Axel Dreher & Justina A. V. Fischer, 2006. "Cross-country determinants of life satisfaction: exploring different determinants across groups in society," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 19290, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
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  1. Shepherd, Ben & Pasadilla, Gloria, 2012. "Services as a New Engine of Growth for ASEAN, the People’s Republic of China, and India," ADBI Working Papers 349, Asian Development Bank Institute.

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