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Tentative First Steps: An Assessment of the Uruguay Round Agreement on Services

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The General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) is a landmark in terms of creating multilateral disciplines in virgin territory, but is a failure in terms of generating liberalization and locking-in existing policy regimes affecting international transactions in services. There are two key issues that should be addressed in evaluating the GATS. First, what does it do to bind policies? Second, has it established a mechanism that will induce significant liberalization through future rounds of negotiations? This paper concludes that the GATS does not score very high on either dimension. A number of suggestions are made to strengthen the Agreement and support more far-reaching liberalization in the future.

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  • Hoekman, Bernard, 1995. "Tentative First Steps: An Assessment of the Uruguay Round Agreement on Services," CEPR Discussion Papers 1150, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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    1. Chadha, R. & Brown, D.K. & Deardorff, A.V. & Stern, R.M., 2000. "Computational Analysis of the Impact on India of the Uruguay Round and the Forthcoming WTO Trade Negotiations," Working Papers 459, Research Seminar in International Economics, University of Michigan.
    2. Stephenson, Sherry M., 1999. "Approaches to liberalizing services," Policy Research Working Paper Series 2107, The World Bank.
    3. Henk Kox & Arjan Lejour, 2005. "Regulatory heterogeneity as obstacle for international services trade," CPB Discussion Paper 49, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
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    10. Hoekman, Bernard, 1995. "The World Trade Organization, the European Union, and the Arab World : trade policy priorities and pitfalls," Policy Research Working Paper Series 1513, The World Bank.
    11. Keith Walsh, 2006. "Trade in Services: Does Gravity Hold? A Gravity Model Approach to Estimating Barriers to Services Trade," The Institute for International Integration Studies Discussion Paper Series iiisdp183, IIIS.

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    Keywords

    GATS; Multilateral Trade Negotiations; Trade in Services; Trade Policy;

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    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations

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