The Impact of Services Trade Restrictiveness on Trade Flows [E-Book]: First Estimates / Hildegunn Nordås and Dorothée Rouzet
Nordås, Hildegunn.
Rouzet, Dorothée.
Paris : OECD Publishing, 2015
41 p. ; 21 x 29.7cm.
OECD Trade Policy Papers ; 178
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This paper uses newly released OECD data on services trade restrictions (STRI) to analyse the relationship between services trade restrictions, cross-border trade in services and trade in downstream manufactured goods. A standard gravity model is enhanced by the STRI indices in a cross-section regression analysis. Services trade restrictions are negatively associated with both imports and exports of services. The surprisingly strong effect on services exports is probably explained by a negative relationship between the STRIs and sector performance indices. Consequently, services suppliers are less competitive abroad. A negative relationship is also found between the STRI indices and exports, imports and intra-industry trade in manufactured goods. The statistical significance and the elasticities vary across services and goods sectors in ways that intuitively make sense.