Pre-Empting Protectionism in Services: The WTO and Outsourcing

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Aaditya Mattoo

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Sacha Wunsch

Institute for International Economics

Date Written: March 11, 2004

Abstract

Cross-border trade in services is growing rapidly, with both industrial and developing countries among the most dynamic exporters. Despite the substantial global benefits from such trade, the adjustment pressures created in importing countries could provoke a protectionist backlash - some signs of which are already visible in procurement and regulatory restrictions. The current negotiations under the Doha Development Agenda offer an opportunity to lock in current openness and preempt protectionism. This paper describes how a bold initiative under the General Agreement on Trade in Services can help secure openness.

This paper - a product of Trade, Development Research Group - is part of a larger effort in the group to study the implications of liberalizing trade in services.

Suggested Citation

Mattoo, Aaditya and Wunsch, Sacha, Pre-Empting Protectionism in Services: The WTO and Outsourcing (March 11, 2004). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 3237. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=610278

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