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Trade in Services

nursesThe cost and quality of services inputs is a major determinant of how much countries can benefit from globalization. Firms need efficient and reliable services to compete in the world economy. Opening markets to trade and investment flows is an important channel for giving domestic firms access to better services and expanding export-oriented investment and associated employment.




Services Trade Restriction Databaseservices database country coverage

The World Bank’s Services Trade Restrictions Database aims to facilitate dialogue about, and analysis of, services trade policies. The database provides comparable information on services trade policy measures for 103 countries, five sectors (telecommunications, finance, transportation, retail and professional services) and key modes of delivery.


Recent Publications
Exporting Services Book

Exporting Services: A Developing Country Perspective
by Sebastian Saez, Arti Grover Goswami, and Aaditya Mattoo, January 2012 

The past two decades have seen exciting changes with developing countries emerging as exporters of services. Technological developments now make it easier to trade services across borders. But other avenues are being exploited.


 Trade in Services Negotiations - A Guide for Developing Countries

Trade in Services Negotiations: A Guide for Developing Countries
by Sebastian Saez, June 2010

This book aims to address some of the challenge that developing countries, especially least-developing countries, face in the design of trade in service policies and to provide governments with tools to better incorporate services in their export strategies, including negotiations and cooperation with trading partners, and unilateral reforms.

 International Trade in Services

International Trade in Services: New Trends and Opportunities for Developing Countries
by Olivier Cattaneo, Michael Engman, Sebastian Saez, Robert Stern, June 2010

This book provides useful guidelines for the assessment of a country's trade potential, and a roadmap for successful export promotion in select services sectors. It looks at both the effects of increased imports and exports, and provides concrete examples of developing country approaches that have either succeeded or failed to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks of opening.


The Mysterious Case of Chilean Service Exports 

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