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Intra-EEA STRI Database: Methodology and Results


  • Sebastian Benz


  • Frédéric Gonzales



This paper presents new data on regulatory barriers affecting services trade within the European Economic Area (EEA), covering 25 EEA countries, 22 sectors and five years (2014-2018). Following the methodology of the OECD Services Trade Restrictiveness Index (STRI), qualitative information is scored and weighted to produce binary composite indices. The resulting intra-EEA STRIs reveal that services trade restrictiveness within the Single Market is considerably lower than the applied MFN regime of those EEA members. Moreover, they show that EEA members have achieved significant regulatory harmonisation through their integration process.

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  • Sebastian Benz & Frédéric Gonzales, 2019. "Intra-EEA STRI Database: Methodology and Results," OECD Trade Policy Papers 223, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:traaab:223-en
    DOI: 10.1787/2aac6d21-en

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    Cited by:

    1. Hoekman, Bernard & Shepherd, Ben, 2021. "Services Trade Policies and Economic Integration: New Evidence for Developing Countries," World Trade Review, Cambridge University Press, vol. 20(1), pages 115-134, February.
    2. Andre Jungmittag, 2020. "Service Trade Restrictions of the EEA Countries: A Multivariate Data Analysis for the European Business Services," JRC Research Reports JRC121443, Joint Research Centre.
    3. Olga Pindyuk, 2019. "The Future of UK Services Trade Post-Brexit: Unlikely to Be Bright," wiiw Policy Notes 31, The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw.

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    composite indicators; services trade restrictions; Trade in services; trade liberalisation; trade policy;
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    JEL classification:

    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • F55 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - International Institutional Arrangements
    • F68 - International Economics - - Economic Impacts of Globalization - - - Policy

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