Endowments, Power, And Democracy: Political Economy Of Multilateral Commitments On Trade In Services

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In spite of their growing importance in international trade as well as in bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations, services have only attracted limited attention from researchers interested in determinants of trade policies and trade cooperation. This paper seeks to account for countries' varying levels of market access commitments under the multilateral General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). The author develops an argument suggesting how levels of democracy and factor endowments are associated with more commitments.

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