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The evolution of services trade policy since the great recession

Are changes in services markets provoking reform, restrictions, or inertia? To address this question, we draw upon a new World Bank-WTO Services Trade Policy Database (STPD) to analyse the services trade policies of 68 economies in 23 subsectors across five broad areas—financial services, telecommunications, distribution, transportation and professional services, respectively.

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Keywords: Services trade policy, Investment, Trade restrictions, Quantification, STRI
JEL: L80: Industrial Organization / Industry Studies: Services / Industry Studies: Services: General; F23: International Economics / International Factor Movements and International Business / Multinational Firms; International Business; F13: International Economics / Trade / Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations; O24: Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth / Development Planning and Policy / Development Planning and Policy: Trade Policy; Factor Movement; Foreign Exchange Policy; F14: International Economics / Trade / Empirical Studies of Trade
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