Services trade

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Services generate more than two-thirds of gross domestic product (GDP) globally and create more new jobs than any other sector. OECD Services Trade research spans key topics such as Trade in Value-Added and Services Trade Restrictiveness.

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  Services trade and the global economy

Watch our video to learn to learn more about how reforming services trade brings benefits for consumers and strengthens value chains and economic performance, and then access and explore the new index and its interactive tools.



 Services Trade Policies and the Global Economy

This book shows how shows how reforming policies relating to the trade in services can strengthen global value chains, boost economic performance and bring important benefits for consumers worldwide.‌


Services Trade Restrictiveness Index: Sector Papers

These papers cover transport and courier, financial, audio-visual, distribution, telecommunication, legal and accounting, computer, construction, architecture and engineering services. Access the free papers online now.

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Services Trade Restrictiveness Index: Policy Brief

Download the OECD policy brief containing analysis by our trade policy experts based on the conclusions drawn from the services trade restrictiveness index.

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Policy Priorities for International Trade and Jobs

How does trade in services affect jobs? Services trade is one of the areas studied in this book presenting highlights from the International Collaborative Initiative on Trade and Employment (ICITE).

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The Role of Services for Competitiveness in Manufacturing

This study analyses the relationships between competitiveness in manufacturing and the quality of key supporting services.

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Key Areas in Services Trade

Services Trade Restrictiveness Index (STRI)
Services and services trade are crucial for economic growth and employment. To improve the performance of their economies, countries need to get concrete information on inefficient, trade-restrictive policies in domestic and export markets. The OECD's Services Trade Restrictiveness Index can help identify which policy measures restrict trade and develop best practices.

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Trade in Value-Added (TiVA)
The goods and services we buy are composed of inputs from various countries around the world. However, the flows of goods and services within these global production chains are not always reflected in conventional measures of international trade. The joint OECD – WTO Trade in Value-Added (TiVA) initiative addresses this issue by considering the value added by each country in the production of goods and services that are consumed worldwide. TiVA indicators are designed to better inform policy makers by providing new insights into the commercial relations between nations.

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Global Value Chains
International production, trade and investments are increasingly organised within so-called global value chains (GVCs) where the different stages of the production process are located across different countries. This emergence of GVCs challenges our conventional wisdom on how we look at economic globalisation and in particular, the policies that we develop around it. The OECD is preparing a broad range of work to help policy makers to understand the effects of GVCs on a number of policy domains.

» Learn more about the importance of Global Value Chains

Services and Regional Trade Agreements
Regional trade agreements (RTAs) cover more than half of international trade and operate alongside global multilateral agreements under the World Trade Organization (WTO). OECD analyses the services trade elements of regional trade agreements, examining how trade has been influenced and what further measures countries can take.

» Examine the relationship between services and RTAs

Services and Jobs (ICITE)
The International Collaborative Initiative on Trade and Employment (ICITE) aims to seek a better understanding of how trade interacts with employment, promote discussion on these issues and develop policy-relevant conclusions.

» Explore the issues surrounding services and jobs

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