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What behind-the-border Reforms in Services and Investment are Best Done Through Trade Agreements?

In: Challenges and Opportunities for Trade and Financial Integration in Asia and the Pacific

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  • Philippa Dee

    (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP))

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The aim of this chapter is to explore whether there are principles that can be brought to bear in negotiating the services and investment provisions of trade agreements, and which can help to ensure that the partial reforms achieved under those agreements add to, rather than detract from economic well-being. These principles might be seen as the services and investment equivalents of the "top-down" principle for tariff reform. It is not intended to go as far as developing a negotiating modality for services or investment, as that would be premature. However, the principles developed here could be used by individual countries on a voluntary basis when undertaking negotiations in services and investment.

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  • Philippa Dee, 2009. "What behind-the-border Reforms in Services and Investment are Best Done Through Trade Agreements?," STUDIES IN TRADE AND INVESTMENT,in: Challenges and Opportunities for Trade and Financial Integration in Asia and the Pacific, volume 67, chapter 5, pages 93-109 United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
  • Handle: RePEc:unt:ecchap:tipub2563_chap5
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    Keywords

    negotiate; service; investment; trade agreement; tariff reform; liberalization;

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    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade

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