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The Impact of Services Trade Restrictiveness on Trade Flows: First Estimates

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  • Hildegunn Kyvik Nordås

    (OECD)

  • Dorothée Rouzet

    (OECD)

Abstract

This paper uses newly released OECD data on services trade restrictions (STRI) to analyse the relationship between services trade restrictions, cross-border trade in services and trade in downstream manufactured goods. A standard gravity model is enhanced by the STRI indices in a cross-section regression analysis. Services trade restrictions are negatively associated with both imports and exports of services. The surprisingly strong effect on services exports is probably explained by a negative relationship between the STRIs and sector performance indices. Consequently, services suppliers are less competitive abroad. A negative relationship is also found between the STRI indices and exports, imports and intra-industry trade in manufactured goods. The statistical significance and the elasticities vary across services and goods sectors in ways that intuitively make sense.

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  • Hildegunn Kyvik Nordås & Dorothée Rouzet, 2015. "The Impact of Services Trade Restrictiveness on Trade Flows: First Estimates," OECD Trade Policy Papers 178, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:traaab:178-en
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    1. Fiorini, Matteo & Hoekman, Bernard, 2018. "Services trade policy and sustainable development," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 112(C), pages 1-12.
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    3. Wenxi Lu, 2018. "Services Liberalisation, Export Similarity and Trade in Services," School of Economics Working Papers 2018-04, University of Adelaide, School of Economics.
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    6. Christine de la Maisonneuve, 2016. "How to boost export performance in Greece," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 1299, OECD Publishing.
    7. Woori Lee, 2017. "Services liberalization and GVC participation: New evidence for heterogeneous effects by income level and provisions," CTEI Working Papers series 08-2017, Centre for Trade and Economic Integration, The Graduate Institute.
    8. Herz, Benedikt & Varela-Irimia, Xosé-Luís, 2016. "Border Effects in European Public Procurement," MPRA Paper 76401, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 24 Jan 2017.

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    Keywords

    regulatory spillovers; services trade restrictions; trade in services;

    JEL classification:

    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • F68 - International Economics - - Economic Impacts of Globalization - - - Policy

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