Services Procurement under the WTO’s Agreement on Government Procurement: Whither Market Access?

Shingal, Anirudh (14 April 2011). Services Procurement under the WTO’s Agreement on Government Procurement: Whither Market Access? (NCCR Trade Working Paper 2011/02). Bern, Switzerland: NCCR Trade Regulation

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This paper studies the government procurement of services from foreign suppliers by conducting a statistical analysis of data submitted by Japan and Switzerland to the WTO's Committee on Government Procurement. Using several metrics, the paper examines if the WTO’s Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) has led to greater market access for foreign suppliers in services procurement. Our results indicate that despite the GPA, the proportions of services contracts awarded to foreigners have declined over time for both countries and in the absence of this decline, the value of services contracts awarded to foreign firms would have been more than 15 times higher in the case of Japan and nearly 68 times more in the case of Switzerland. We also find that for the same services categories, at least the Japanese government is not purchasing as much from abroad as it's private sector is importing from the rest of the world, a finding that further points to the home-bias in that government's public purchase decisions.

Item Type:

Working Paper

Division/Institute:

02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > World Trade Institute
10 Strategic Research Centers > World Trade Institute

02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > NCCR International Trade Regulation

UniBE Contributor:

Shingal, Anirudh

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 340 Law

Series:

NCCR Trade Working Paper

Publisher:

NCCR Trade Regulation

Language:

English

Submitter:

Pablo Rahul Das

Date Deposited:

16 Aug 2016 16:42

Last Modified:

20 Feb 2020 08:52

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JEL Classification:

F10, F13, H57

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.83810

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/83810

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