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Services Barriers and their Economic Impact: Examples of Banking and Telecommunications Services in Selected Transition Economies

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  • Nora Dihel
  • Blanka Kalinova

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This paper applies the most advanced methodologies for measuring services barriers to calculate the restrictiveness and the impact of services barriers in selected transition economies, i.e. the Baltic States, and eight South Eastern European (SEE) countries (for telecommunications and banking) and Russia (for telecommunications). Among the selected countries, the Baltic countries record the highest liberalisation scores for both telecommunications and banking services making their situation comparable to that of most developed countries. By contrast, the SEE countries have more room to improve their performance and the price level of their telecommunication services, both in fixed and cellular services by eliminating general restrictions on competition and removing barriers to foreign equity participation. With respect to banking services, the results suggest that the SEE markets are fairly contestable; policy priorities would thus appear to be broad issues of macroeconomic stability and structural reform. The telecommunications estimates put Russia in an intermediate position between the results for the Baltic States and the SEE countries. The WTO...

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  • Nora Dihel & Blanka Kalinova, 2004. "Services Barriers and their Economic Impact: Examples of Banking and Telecommunications Services in Selected Transition Economies," OECD Trade Policy Papers 7, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:traaab:7-en
    DOI: 10.1787/316888415611
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    1. Metka Stare & Andreja Jaklič, 2008. "Transition, regulation and trade in services," The Service Industries Journal, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 28(3), pages 277-290, April.
    2. Yvonne Wolfmayr, 2008. "Trade Barriers in Services and Competitive Strengths in the Austrian Service Sector. An Analysis at the Detailed Sector Level," WIFO Studies, WIFO, number 34223, April.

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    banking; barriers; benefits; liberalisation; services; telecommunications; transition economies; WTO;
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