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Title:Endowments, power, and democracy: Political economy of multilateral commitments on trade in services PDF Logo
Authors:Roy, Martin
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:WTO Staff Working Paper ERSD-2010-11
Abstract:In spite of their growing importance in international trade as well as in bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations, services have only attracted limited attention from researchers interested in determinants of trade policies and trade cooperation. This paper seeks to account for countries' varying levels of market access commitments under the multilateral General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). I develop an argument suggesting how levels of democracy and factor endowments are associated with more commitments. The empirical analysis supports these propositions, and also suggests that relative size, as well as regulatory capacity, are positively linked to GATS commitments.
Subjects:trade in services
relative power
WTO accessions
determinants of cooperation
determinants of international commitments
international negotiations
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WTO Staff Working Papers, Economic Research and Statistics Division, WTO

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