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Title: Services Trade Policy and Sustainable Development

Author(s): Matteo Fiorini and Bernard Hoekman

Publication Date: August 2017

Keyword(s): services trade policy, sustainable development goals and Trade in Services

Programme Area(s): International Trade and Regional Economics

Abstract: The realization of many of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) depends on bolstering the performance of services sectors and improving access to specific services in developing countries. We show that prevailing services trade and investment policies impact on access to services that matter for the realization of a number of SDGs: lower trade restrictiveness is an instrument that can enhance the performance of domestic services sectors. An implication is that pursuit of the SDGs should include a focus on facilitating trade and investment in services.

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Fiorini, M and Hoekman, B. 2017. 'Services Trade Policy and Sustainable Development'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.