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Services Trade Policy and Sustainable Development

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  • Fiorini, Matteo
  • Hoekman, Bernard

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The realization of many of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) depends on bolstering the performance of services sectors and improving access to specific services in developing countries. We show that prevailing services trade and investment policies impact on access to services that matter for the realization of a number of SDGs: lower trade restrictiveness is an instrument that can enhance the performance of domestic services sectors. An implication is that pursuit of the SDGs should include a focus on facilitating trade and investment in services.

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  • Fiorini, Matteo & Hoekman, Bernard, 2017. "Services Trade Policy and Sustainable Development," CEPR Discussion Papers 12203, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:12203
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    Keywords

    services trade policy; sustainable development goals; Trade in Services;

    JEL classification:

    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • L8 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services
    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General
    • O24 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Trade Policy; Factor Movement; Foreign Exchange Policy

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