Trade and International Transport Services: An Analytical Framework
World Bank - World Bank Institute (WBI)
USITC Office of Economics, Working Paper No. 2001-11-A
International Transport Services (ITS) play an important role in influencing international trade flows. This paper develops an analytical framework in which ITS costs are endogenously determined. It shows that ITS sector liberalization foster international trade very much the same way tariff liberalization does. From a political economy viewpoint, a unilateral liberalization of the sector may not always be politically feasible, and a multilateral agreement can help prop up support for reform. It is further argued that deregulation and competition policy reform are more likely to be feasible if undertaken jointly.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 31
Keywords: International Transport, Trade Facilitation, Political Economy
JEL Classification: F12, F23, L91working papers series
Date posted: December 8, 2001
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