Regulatory Cooperation, Aid for Trade and the GATS

20 Pages Posted: 22 Oct 2007

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Bernard Hoekman

Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies; European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Aaditya Mattoo

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Abstract

This paper discusses what could be done to expand services trade and investment through a multilateral agreement in the WTO. A distinction is made between market access liberalization and the regulatory preconditions for benefiting from market opening. We argue that prospects for multilateral services liberalization would be enhanced by making national treatment the objective of WTO services negotiations. Moreover, if complemented by assistance to strengthen regulatory capacity in developing countries, the WTO could become more relevant in promoting not just services liberalization but, more importantly, domestic reforms of services policies.

Suggested Citation

Hoekman, Bernard and Mattoo, Aaditya, Regulatory Cooperation, Aid for Trade and the GATS. Pacific Economic Review, Vol. 12, No. 4, pp. 399-418, October 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1022817 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0106.2007.00366.x

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