Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/53574
Authors: 
Stephenson, Sherry
Robert, Maryse
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
ADBI working paper series 307
Abstract: 
Since the early 1990s, regional trade agreements (RTAs) covering trade in services have proliferated, with 95 RTAs on services notified to the World Trade Organization (WTO) under Article V of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), as of June 2011. This paper discusses how RTAs support or debilitate the GATS in its governance function as the keeper of rules and liberalization commitments on services trade for WTO members. It addresses this question and its implications for governance by focusing on four different issues: architecture; compliance; ability to promote reforms; and actual impact of RTAs on fostering services trade.
JEL: 
F13
F15
F59
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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