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Asako Ueno1, Massimo Geloso Grosso, Iza Lejárraga1, Hildegunn Kyvik Nordås, Sébastien Miroudot1, Frederic Gonzales1, Dorothée Rouzet
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  • 1: OECD, France

04 Nov 2014
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This paper presents the services trade restrictiveness indices (STRIs) for distribution services. The STRIs are composite indices taking values between zero and one, zero representing an open market and one a market completely closed to foreign services providers. The indices are calculated for 40 countries, the 34 OECD members and Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa. The STRIs capture de jure restrictions. This report presents the first vintage of indicators for distribution services and captures regulations in force in 2013. The scores range between 0.02 and 0.40, with a sample average of 0.13. It is observed that the regulatory profile differs across countries. Restrictions on foreign ownership and other market entry conditions significantly contribute to the results for almost half of the countries covered by the STRI. The paper presents the list of measures included in the indices, the scoring and weighting system for calculating the indices and an analysis of the results.
regulation, distribution services, services trade, services trade restrictions
JEL Classification:
  • F13: International Economics / Trade / Trade Policy ; International Trade Organizations
  • F14: International Economics / Trade / Empirical Studies of Trade
  • K33: Law and Economics / Other Substantive Areas of Law / International Law
  • L81: Industrial Organization / Industry Studies: Services / Retail and Wholesale Trade ; e-Commerce
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