Trade in Educational Services: Trends and Emerging Issues

20 Pages Posted: 9 May 2003

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Kurt Larsen

Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) - Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI)

John P. Martin

Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) - Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs (ELS); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Sciences Po

Rosemary Morris

Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) - Trade Directorate (ECH)

Abstract

This paper examines the trends and emerging issues in trade in educational services. It provides rough estimates of the size of the international market in educational services drawing on the limited data available in services trade statistics and data on foreign students in tertiary education in OECD countries. It outlines the current commitments for trade in educational services under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). It also reviews the implications of the on-going GATS negotiations for further multilateral trade liberalisation in this sector. It points out that OECD countries have been noticeably reluctant to make proposals for further liberalisation of trade in educational services. One reason for this is the concern in many countries about the potential threats posed to cultural values and national traditions by growing trade liberalisation in educational services. Finally, the paper reviews some of the main policy issues arising from trade in educational services.

Suggested Citation

Larsen, Kurt and Martin, John P. and Morris, Rosemary, Trade in Educational Services: Trends and Emerging Issues. The World Economy, Vol. 25, pp. 849-868, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=316259

Kurt Larsen

Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) - Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) ( email )

Paris
France

John P. Martin (Contact Author)

Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) - Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs (ELS) ( email )

2 rue Andre Pascal
Paris Cedex 16, 75775
France

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Sciences Po ( email )

rue saint guillaume
Paris
France

Rosemary Morris

Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) - Trade Directorate (ECH) ( email )

Paris
France

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