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Trade in Educational Services: Trends and Emerging Issues

  • Kurt Larsen
  • John P. Martin
  • Rosemary Morris

This paper examines the trends and emerging issues in trade in educational services. It provides rough estimates of the size of the international market in educational services drawing on the limited data available in services trade statistics and data on foreign students in tertiary education in OECD countries. It outlines the current commitments for trade in educational services under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). It also reviews the implications of the on-going GATS negotiations for further multilateral trade liberalisation in this sector. It points out that OECD countries have been noticeably reluctant to make proposals for further liberalisation of trade in educational services. One reason for this is the concern in many countries about the potential threats posed to cultural values and national traditions by growing trade liberalisation in educational services. Finally, the paper reviews some of the main policy issues arising from trade in educational services. Copyright Blackwell Publishers Ltd 2002.

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Volume (Year): 25 (2002)
Issue (Month): 6 (06)
Pages: 849-868

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