Are services traded differently?
Andrea Ariu 23 December 2012
International trade is traditionally thought of as goods crossing borders. Trade in services, however, is becoming increasingly important for high-income countries. This column, using Belgian firm-level data from 1995-2005, argues that trade in goods and services differ deeply in key aspects such as firm participation rates, size and frequency of shipments, entry and exit rates in foreign markets and in growth strategies.
International trade is traditionally thought of as goods crossing borders. Trade in services, however, is becoming increasingly important for high-income countries and its role is likely to grow substantially over the next years (Francois and Hoekman 2010).
Trade in services and goods differ along several critical dimensions (WTO 2010).
Belgium, firms, trade in services
Services trade, the IT revolution, and occupational tasks
Giordano Mion, Andrea Ariu 25 February 2012
Services trade has increased dramatically in the last 20 years. This column examines data from Belgium and suggests that the change in IT use does not translate into higher services exports. It argues instead that offshoring is a key factor contributing to the rise of services trade.
IT, offshoring, Belgium, trade in services
How does access regulation affect broadband penetration?
Jan Bouckaert, Theon van Dijk, Frank Verboven 19 December 2008
Most governments in Europe are interested in boosting broadband penetration. This column presents new evidence on how various forms of market structure affect penetration ratios. It turns out that inter-platform competition (e.g. DSL vs cable) promotes broadband penetration while intra-platform competition doesn’t.
The evolution of broadband penetration has shown substantial regional differences, both between and within OECD countries. Are these differences mainly due to external circumstances such as the level of development or geographic and demographic conditions?
Competition policy Europe's nations and regions
internet, Belgium, Herfindahl indices