Services Linkages and the Value Added Content of Trade

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Joseph F. Francois

University of Bern - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Vienna Institute of International Economic Studies (WIIW); University of Adelaide - School of Economics

Miriam Manchin

University College London; Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano

Patrick Tomberger

Johannes Kepler University Linz

Date Written: May 1, 2013

Abstract

Services trade constitute roughly one-third of trade on a value added basis, and much of this is concentrated in margin services (transport, logistics) linked to trade in goods. However, producer services are also part of the value added contained in traded goods. This is especially true in high income countries, where services account for roughly 70 percent of value added. Working with data (a set of global social accounting matrices spanning intermittent years from 1992 to 2007) this paper examines the services embodied in trade on a value added basis. This includes not only the direct and indirect contribution of services to value added contained in a given country?s exports, but also the extent to which third-country value added in services, through intermediate linkages of imported goods and services, are also embodied in production and trade. This exercise serves to highlight not only the importance of non-tradables in trade, but also by extension the importance that productivity, foreign affiliates sales, and trade and investment in services may hold for interdependence and cross-border linkages.

Keywords: Economic Theory & Research, Transport Economics Policy & Planning, Free Trade, Trade Policy, Markets and Market Access

Suggested Citation

Francois, Joseph F and Manchin, Miriam and Tomberger, Patrick, Services Linkages and the Value Added Content of Trade (May 1, 2013). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 6432. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2259490

Joseph F Francois

University of Bern - Department of Economics ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Vienna Institute of International Economic Studies (WIIW) ( email )

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University of Adelaide - School of Economics ( email )

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Miriam Manchin

University College London ( email )

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Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano ( email )

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Milan, 20122
Italy

Patrick Tomberger

Johannes Kepler University Linz

Altenbergerstrasse 69
Linz, A4040
Austria

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