Prospects for Services Trade Negotiations

October 1, 2012

Trade and investment in services are difficult to measure, and the regulatory barriers that inhibit the free flow of services are hard to quantify. As a result, very little attention has been paid to dismantling barriers to services trade and investment. This paper examines what has been achieved in both regional and multilateral compacts by surveying international precedents involving Asian countries in which services reforms have been included in bilateral and regional trade pacts.

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Topics: ASIA-PACIFC ECONOMIC COOPERATION (APEC) GENERAL AGREEMENT ON TRADE IN SERVICES (GATS)

Regions: UNITED STATES SOUTHEAST ASIA

Authors: MINSOO LEE JULIA MUIR JEFFREY J. SCHOTT

Publishing Institution: PETERSON INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS

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