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This paper seeks to account for countries' varying levels of market access
commitments under the multilateral General Agreement on Trade in Services
(GATS). I develop an argument suggesting how levels of democracy and factor
endowments are associated with more commitments. The empirical analysis
supports these propositions, and also suggests that relative size, as well
as regulatory capacity, are positively linked to GATS commitments.
Martin Roy Ś WTO
trade in services, GATS, democracy, relative
power, endowments, WTO accessions, determinants of cooperation,
determinants of international commitments, international negotiations.
JEL classification numbers:
F5, F13, L8, D72
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