Impediments to Trade in Services: Measurement and Policy Implications

Impediments to Trade in Services: Measurement and Policy Implications

Impediments to Trade in Services: Measurement and Policy Implications

Impediments to Trade in Services: Measurement and Policy Implications

Synopsis

In the lead-up to the next multilateral round of trade negotiations on services in 2000, the accurate identificationi and measurement of impediments to services trade and investment will become an issue of great importance. This study will address this issue by providing models for identifying and measuring these impediments.

Excerpt

This book’s genesis lies in a shared concern among a number of Australian researchers about the lack of usable data on impediments to trade in services and the fact that global trade negotiations on services were occurring in an information vacuum.

In 1997 the Australian Research Council funded a joint project involving teams from The Australian National University (ANU), the University of Adelaide and the Australian Productivity Commission to address these concerns. This book is the product of that effort. We would like to thank the Australian Research Council for their generosity and ongoing support.

We would also like to thank Dr Philippa Dee, who led the Productivity Commission team. Dr Dee and her many colleagues enthusiastically supported this project, contributed many chapters to the book and have provided ongoing assistance for research in this field. We are looking forward to the next stage of our collaboration with the Commission examining the impact of domestic regulation on trade and investment in the services sector.

The ANU input was coordinated by the Australia—Japan Research Centre. We thank Professor Peter Drysdale, the Centre’s Director, for his interest in the work and his backing for its completion. We are also grateful for the critical input and research effort of our colleagues at the Centre.

At the time the project began, Christopher Findlay was at the Department of Economics at the University of Adelaide. The Director of the Centre for International Economic Studies at Adelaide, Professor Kym Anderson, was a keen supporter of the project.

The work reported in this book has been tested at a number of workshops, seminars and presentations involving government officials and scholars from Australia and around the world. We are particularly grateful to participants in those events for their comments and their ongoing interest in the project. The work has also benefited from the comments of a number of officials involved in services negotiations in the World Trade Organisation and in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation process.

Finally, we would like to thank those involved in the book’s production, especially Sarah Leeming, Minni Reis, Raelee Singh and Denise Ryan.

Christopher Findlay and Tony Warren

The Australian National University, May 2000

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