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Modern Services Exports from Emerging Countries—Perspectives and Opportunities


  • Shahbaz Nasir

    (Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Islamabad and Asian Development Bank, Manila)


Advancements in information and communications technologies (ICTs) have increased the possibilities for trade in modern services and many emerging economies are participating increasingly in these new trade activities. This paper explains the sources of increasing modern services exports from emerging countries, and the opportunities for future growth. The paper reviews selected theories and empirical work in the trade literature to explain the underlying reasons for these increasing exports. The paper finds that emerging countries are well placed for modern services exports due to the increasing services outsourcing that offers substantial benefits to importing economies, and the comparative advantage of emerging countries, which has been facilitated by declining trade costs and advancements in ICTs. Nonetheless, only few developing countries could fully exploit these opportunities.

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  • Shahbaz Nasir, 2012. "Modern Services Exports from Emerging Countries—Perspectives and Opportunities," The Pakistan Development Review, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, vol. 51(4), pages 209-226.
  • Handle: RePEc:pid:journl:v:51:y:2012:i:4:p:209-226

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    Modern Services; Exports; Comparative Advantage; Outsourcing;

    JEL classification:

    • F10 - International Economics - - Trade - - - General
    • O14 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology


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