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Explaining Liberalization Commitments in Financial Services Trade


Philipp Harms


Study Centre Gerzensee

Aaditya Mattoo


World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Ludger Schuknecht


European Central Bank (ECB)

March 2003

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 2999

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Harms, Mattoo, and Schuknecht examine the determinants of market access commitments in international financial services trade in the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). Based on a theoretical model, they investigate empirically the role of domestic political economy forces, international bargaining considerations, and the state of complementary policy.

The empirical results confirm the relevance of the authors' model in explaining banking and (to a somewhat lesser degree) securities services liberalization commitments. The findings imply that those who seek greater access to developing country markets for financial services must do more to counter protectionism at home in areas of export interest for developing countries.

This paper - a product of Trade, Development Research Group - is part of a larger effort in the group to assess the implications of liberalizing trade in services. This research was supported in part by the U.K. Department for International Development.

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Harms, Philipp and Mattoo, Aaditya and Schuknecht, Ludger, Explaining Liberalization Commitments in Financial Services Trade (March 2003). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 2999. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=636361

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Philipp Harms (Contact Author)
Study Centre Gerzensee ( email )
CH-3115 Gerzensee
Switzerland
Aaditya Mattoo
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) ( email )
1818 H Street, N.W.
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United States
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Ludger Schuknecht
European Central Bank (ECB) ( email )
Kaiserstrasse 29
Frankfurt am Main, D-60311
Germany
+49 69 1344 6494 (Phone)
+49 69 1344 7809 (Fax)
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