OECD Trade Policy Papers

This series is designed to make available to a wider readership selected trade policy studies prepared for use within the OECD.

NB. No. 1 to No. 139 were released under the previous series title OECD Trade Policy Working Papers.


Intra-EEA STRI Database: Methodology and Results

This paper presents new data on regulatory barriers affecting services trade within the European Economic Area (EEA), covering 25 EEA countries, 22 sectors and five years (2014-2018). Following the methodology of the OECD Services Trade Restrictiveness Index (STRI), qualitative information is scored and weighted to produce binary composite indices. The resulting intra-EEA STRIs reveal that services trade restrictiveness within the Single Market is considerably lower than the applied MFN regime of those EEA members. Moreover, they show that EEA members have achieved significant regulatory harmonisation through their integration process.


Keywords: trade policy, services trade restrictions, trade liberalisation, Trade in services, composite indicators
JEL: F13: International Economics / Trade / Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations; F55: International Economics / International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy / International Institutional Arrangements; F15: International Economics / Trade / Economic Integration; F68: International Economics / Economic Impacts of Globalization / Economic Impacts of Globalization: Policy
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