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Reflections on the Preferential Liberalization of Services Trade

Shingal, Anirudh and Sauvé, Pierre (2011): Reflections on the Preferential Liberalization of Services Trade. Forthcoming in: Journal of World Trade , Vol. 5, No. 45 (October 2011)

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Abstract

This paper takes stock of the forces that lie behind the recent rise of preferential agreements in services trade. Its initial focus is with a number of distinguishing features of services trade that sets it apart from trade in goods and shapes trade liberalization and rule-making approaches in the services field. The paper then documents the nature, modal and sectoral incidence of the trade and investment preferences spawned by PTAs in services. It does so with a view to addressing the question of how “preferential” is the preferential treatment of services trade? Finally, the paper addresses a number of considerations arising from attempts to multilateralize preferential access and rule-making in services trade.

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