Trade: the OECD Services Trade Restrictiveness Index

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Presentation by Massimo Geloso Grosso, Trade Policy Analyst, Trade in Services Division, OECD Directorate for Trade and Agriculture, during the meeting of the OECD Global Parliamentary Network in Mexico City (23-24 June 2014).

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Trade: the OECD Services Trade Restrictiveness Index

  1. 1. THE SERVICES TRADE RESTRICTIVENESS INDEX (STRI) OECD Global Parliamentary Network Meeting Mexico City, 23 June 2014 Massimo Geloso Grosso OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate
  2. 2. What is the STRI? A regulatory database • Filled in by the Secretariat, verified and peer reviewed by Members • Information on regulation, link to source (law/regulation), explanation where needed. Contains information in more than 16000 laws and regulations • Online, frequently updated • Interactive Composite indices • A snapshot of trade restrictiveness, 18 sectors, 40 countries
  3. 3. STRI sector coverage • Computer services • Construction • Professional services – Accounting – Architecture – Engineering – Legal services • Telecommunications • Distribution • Audio-visual services – Motion pictures – Broadcasting – Sound recording • Transport – Air – Maritime – Rail – Road – Courier • Financial services – Commercial banking – Insurance
  4. 4. 0 0.05 0.1 0.15 0.2 0.25 0.3 0.35 0.4 TelecomMexico STRI Telecoms
  5. 5. STRI Telecoms 0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.7 0.8 0.9 1 Restrictions on foreign entry Restrictions on the movement of people Other discriminatory measures Barriers to competition Regulatory transparency Average
  6. 6. STRI legal services 0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.7 0.8 0.9 1 Restrictions on foreign entry Restrictions to movement of people Other discriminatory measures Barriers to competition Regulatory transparency Average
  7. 7. Countries with high regulatory barriers import less, but also export less services 0% 1% 2% 3% 4% 5% 6% 7% 8% Air Insurance Banking Legal services Estimated growth in trade from lowering the STRI Importer’s STRI Exporter’s STRI
  8. 8. 0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.7 0.8 0.9 1 Water in the GATS (average across sectors) Level of trade restrictiveness permitted by the GATS (bound level) Actual level of trade restrictiveness (STRI)
  9. 9. • Benchmarking and sequencing domestic policy reform • Analysis of regulatory spillovers along GVCs • Source of information for trade negotiators Use of the STRI
  10. 10. THANK YOU http://oe.cd/stri
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