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Le commerce des services, un commerce en trompe-l'œil ?. Une analyse fondée sur le point de vue de Hill


  • Damien Broussolle


The paper focuses on the issue of cross-border trade in services. It argues that its current understanding may be quite misleading. First, bearing in mind Hill’s [1999] services definition, the paper discusses the extent of services-producing activities. It stresses that “services” exporting activities, producing “knowledge capturing products”, should be recognised as genuine goods-producing activities. Second, the paper explains that the picture the Balance of Payments (bop) displays of trade in services, although improving, is still heterogeneous and blurring. On the one hand, several entries are still heterogeneous. On the second hand, contrary to a common view, the bop does not provide accurate information about trade of services industries. Moreover, a striking finding is that services industries are not the major actual traders of the services account. Classification JEL : F1, L8

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  • Damien Broussolle, 2012. "Le commerce des services, un commerce en trompe-l'œil ?. Une analyse fondée sur le point de vue de Hill," Revue économique, Presses de Sciences-Po, vol. 63(6), pages 1145-1177.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:recosp:reco_636_1145

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    1. Damien Broussolle, 2015. "The Emerging New Concept of Services in the System of National Accounts and the Balance of Payments," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 61(3), pages 573-586, September.
    2. Broussolle Damien, 2012. "A Note on the Links Between Manufacturing, Goods and Services Exports," The AMFITEATRU ECONOMIC journal, Academy of Economic Studies - Bucharest, Romania, vol. 14(Special N), pages 600-620, November.

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    JEL classification:

    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade
    • L8 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services


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