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Applied Services Trade Policy: A Guide to the Services Trade Policy Database and the Services Trade Restrictions Index

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  • Borchert,Ingo
  • Gootiiz,Batshur
  • Magdeleine,Joscelyn
  • Marchetti,Juan A.
  • Mattoo,Aaditya
  • Rubio,Ester
  • Shannon,Evgeniia

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This paper describes the Services Trade Policy Database, a joint initiative by the World Bank and the World Trade Organization Secretariat, which builds on a database developed by the World Bank nearly 10 years ago and draws on a recent Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development database. The Services Trade Policy Database offers comparable information on services trade policies for 68 economies in 23 subsectors across five broad areas -- financial services, telecommunications, distribution, transportation, and professional services. The database features several improvements. First, the data are collected according to a newly developed policy classification, consistent with the earlier World Bank database and the current Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development database, enabling a comparison of services policies over a significant period and across a large cross-section of industrial and developing economies. Second, in addition to trade policies, the database contains information on licensing conditions and data restrictions. Third, policy restrictiveness is quantified following a more systematic approach that aggregates the information within a single consistent and transparent framework. Building on these innovations will make it possible to identify global patterns of services trade policies and secular trends in policy making over the past decade.

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  • Borchert,Ingo & Gootiiz,Batshur & Magdeleine,Joscelyn & Marchetti,Juan A. & Mattoo,Aaditya & Rubio,Ester & Shannon,Evgeniia, 2020. "Applied Services Trade Policy: A Guide to the Services Trade Policy Database and the Services Trade Restrictions Index," Policy Research Working Paper Series 9264, The World Bank.
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    Keywords

    International Trade and Trade Rules; Trade Policy; Rules of Origin; Trade and Multilateral Issues; Trade and Services; Transport Services;
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    JEL classification:

    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • L80 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - General

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