Trade in Services and Human Development: A First Look at the Links

Posted: 3 Aug 2012

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Gloria O. Pasadilla

APEC Policy Support Unit

Ben Shepherd

Developing Trade Consultants Ltd

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Date Written: March 2011

Abstract

Some services directly produce outputs that are important for human development, such as basic human services. Many other services are important inputs into the production and distribution of goods that are necessary for human development purposes. A more efficient services sector should mean that such goods and services can be made available to poor people more cost effectively and more broadly. In line with this reasoning, we find in the data that less restrictive services trade policies are associated with better human development outcomes across a range of sectors. Appropriate services trade liberalization can therefore promote human development directly through improved outcomes, in addition to indirectly effects through the income channel.

Keywords: services trade, human development, Asia Pacific

JEL Classification: F13, O15, O24

Suggested Citation

Pasadilla, Gloria O. and Shepherd, Ben, Trade in Services and Human Development: A First Look at the Links (March 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2122860

Gloria O. Pasadilla

APEC Policy Support Unit ( email )

35 Heng Mui Keng Terrace
Singapore, 119616
Singapore

Ben Shepherd (Contact Author)

Developing Trade Consultants Ltd ( email )

United States

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