DP2377 Trade in International Transport Services: The Role of Competition
|Author(s):||Joseph Francois, Ian Wooton|
|Publication Date:||February 2000|
|Keyword(s):||Imperfect Competition, market access costs, Services Trade, Trade Liberalization|
|JEL(s):||F12, F13, F23|
|Programme Areas:||International Trade and Regional Economics|
|Link to this Page:||cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=2377|
We are concerned with trade in transport services (not cabotage but rather international shipping, transport, and related logistical services) and the importance of competition and market structure in the sector. We examine implications of liberalization for profits, trade, and national gains from trade. Though past GATS maritime negotiations involved the maritime nations, we also flag interests of consuming nations (particularly poorer developing countries). We further illustrate issues raised in the analytical section through a computational example, to provide a rough sense of orders of magnitude and the importance of the issues raised for basic gains from improved market access.