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January 05 , 2011

Services Trade Reform

Making Sense of It


With the Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations moribund, it is time to reconsider the future of trade negotiations as an impetus for reform. Services trade is a leading-edge behind-the-border issue, so a services perspective offers critical insights into the future of trade negotiations more generally. This book traces the author's thinking on how to make sense of services trade reform, drawing on her analytical, empirical and policy-related work on services issues from both academic and government perspectives. It covers policy reform, policy forums, and what it takes politically to achieve reform, and offers critical new insights into the future of trade negotiations.

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The book shows policy makers how to approach the economics and politics of services trade reform domestically, consistent with relevant special features of services trade. It shows analysts the full policy implications of those special features, including what they mean and how services reform should be treated in the future in national and international forums. In covering such broad territory, the book draws together published material that previously has been scattered across place and time, including modelling that establishes empirically the special features of services that are relevant.

    • Making Sense of Services Trade Reform (Philippa Dee)
  • Model Frameworks:
    • Issues in the Application of CGE Models to Services Trade Liberalization (Philippa Dee, Alexis Hardin and Leanne Holmes)
    • Modelling the Policy Issues in Services Trade (Philippa Dee)
  • Model Applications:
    • Multilateral Liberalization of Services Trade (Philippa Dee and Kevin Hanslow)
    • Measuring the Cost of Barriers to Trade in Services (Philippa Dee, Kevin Hanslow, and Tien Phamduc)
    • Economy-wide Effects of Further Trade Reforms in Tunisia's Services Sectors (Philippa Dee and Ndiame Diop)
    • The Employment Implications of Liberalizing Foreign Direct Investment in Services (Philippa Dee, with Appendix by Hildegunn Nordås)
  • Policy Insights:
    • The Rise of Services Trade: Regional Initiatives and Challenges for the WTO (Philippa Dee and Alexandra Sidorenko)
    • Services: A ‘Deal-maker’ in the Doha Round? (Philippa Dee and Christopher Findlay)
    • Services in PTAs: Donuts or Holes? (Philippa Dee and Christopher Findlay)
    • What Behind-the-Border Reforms in Services and Investment are Best Done through Trade Agreements? (Philippa Dee)
  • Achieving Services Trade Reform through Domestic Reform:
    • The Role of Institutions in Structural Reform (Philippa Dee)
    • Toward a Theory of Policy Efficiency (Philippa Dee)
    • Promoting Domestic Reforms through Regionalism (Philippa Dee and Anne McNaughton)

      • Readership: Graduate-level students and researchers interested in the policy reforms, international economics and trade negotiations.
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