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Services Trade Restrictiveness Index (STRI): Distribution Services

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  • Asako Ueno

    (OECD)

  • Massimo Geloso Grosso

    (OECD)

  • Iza Lejárraga

    (OECD)

  • Hildegunn Kyvik Nordås

    (OECD)

  • Sébastien Miroudot

    (OECD)

  • Frédéric Gonzales

    (OECD)

  • Dorothée Rouzet

    (OECD)

Abstract

This paper presents the services trade restrictiveness indices (STRIs) for distribution services. The STRIs are composite indices taking values between zero and one, zero representing an open market and one a market completely closed to foreign services providers. The indices are calculated for 40 countries, the 34 OECD members and Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa. The STRIs capture de jure restrictions. This report presents the first vintage of indicators for distribution services and captures regulations in force in 2013. The scores range between 0.02 and 0.40, with a sample average of 0.13. It is observed that the regulatory profile differs across countries. Restrictions on foreign ownership and other market entry conditions significantly contribute to the results for almost half of the countries covered by the STRI. The paper presents the list of measures included in the indices, the scoring and weighting system for calculating the indices and an analysis of the results.

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  • Asako Ueno & Massimo Geloso Grosso & Iza Lejárraga & Hildegunn Kyvik Nordås & Sébastien Miroudot & Frédéric Gonzales & Dorothée Rouzet, 2014. "Services Trade Restrictiveness Index (STRI): Distribution Services," OECD Trade Policy Papers 173, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:traaab:173-en
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    Keywords

    distribution services; regulation; services trade; services trade restrictions;

    JEL classification:

    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • K33 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - International Law
    • L81 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Retail and Wholesale Trade; e-Commerce

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