French Firms in Services Trade: a Detailed Comparison with Trade in Goods

Publication Type:

Seminar Presentation


Workshop Banque de France –CEPII (2009)


commerce extérieur, compétitivité, Europe de l'Ouest, France, industrie, service


• Paradox 1:
– While services represent around 65-70% of advanced economies’ GDP
– Trade in services 5 times lower than in goods

• Most common reasons given by policymakers:
– Trading services might be more costly than trading goods
– (personal services)
• Policy implication: remove fixed costs type barriers to trading services (ie. GATS, EU Services Directive, etc…)

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