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Applied Services Trade Policy

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

Better information on how services policies vary across economies and sectors over time would improve the empirical analysis of their impact. This paper describes the Services Trade Policy Database (STPD), a joint initiative by the World Bank and the WTO Secretariat, which builds on a database developed by the World Bank nearly ten years ago and draws on a recent OECD database.


Keywords: STRI, Trade policy, Services, Investment, Trade restrictions Quantification
JEL: F23: International Economics / International Factor Movements and International Business / Multinational Firms; International Business; F14: International Economics / Trade / Empirical Studies of Trade; F13: International Economics / Trade / Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations; L80: Industrial Organization / Industry Studies: Services / Industry Studies: Services: General
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