Liberalising Labour Mobility Under the GATS: Economic Paper 53 / Edition 53

Liberalising Labour Mobility Under the GATS: Economic Paper 53 / Edition 53

by Roman Grynberg, Alan Winters, Terrie Walmsley, Zhen Kun Wang
     
 

ISBN-10: 0850927455

ISBN-13: 9780850927450

Pub. Date: 09/28/2003

Publisher: Commonwealth Secretariat

This publication is an analysis of negotiations concerning the temporary movement of workers from developing to developed economies, taking place under the auspices of the GATS negotiations which cover the trade in commercial services. It focuses on the temporary movement of unskilled and semi-skilled workers and considers the benefits of easing the restrictions on

Overview

This publication is an analysis of negotiations concerning the temporary movement of workers from developing to developed economies, taking place under the auspices of the GATS negotiations which cover the trade in commercial services. It focuses on the temporary movement of unskilled and semi-skilled workers and considers the benefits of easing the restrictions on the temporary movement of labor. The main theme underlying the paper is the mutual benefit to both developed and developing countries in permitting a temporary movement of workers in these categories. In the next 20 years developed economies will experience an increasing shortage of labor at the lower end of the labor market due to an ageing population and a more educated workforce.

The paper constructs a model to analyze the effects of easing the restrictions and its impact on the labor market in developed countries and details some proposals which developing countries should use in the Service Negotiations. This paper is particularly useful for policy-makers (in both developed and developing countries) who are involved in formulating policy for the employment and immigration fields. It is also of interest to students and academics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780850927450
Publisher:
Commonwealth Secretariat
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Series:
Economic Paper Series
Pages:
72
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.21(d)

Table of Contents

Executive Summaryv
1Introduction1
2Why Labour Mobility Matters5
2.1Trade5
2.2Factor Mobility6
3Some New Estimates of the Gains from Temporary Movement13
3.1The Model13
3.2The Data and Experiments16
3.3Results18
3.4Sensitivity Analysis23
3.5Conclusions25
4What the GATS Says - and Doesn't Say26
4.1Service Supply vs. Employment26
4.2The Connection between Mode 4 and Other Modes of Supply29
4.3Transparency and Recognition29
4.4The Terminology of Schedules30
4.5Financial Services31
4.6A Summary of the Schedules32
5Current Policies and Proposals on Temporary Movement33
5.1Accession Negotiations33
5.2Negotiating Proposals, 1999-200135
5.3Current Schemes for Temporary Movement39
6Ways Forward on Less Skilled Workers47
6.1Employment vs. Service Provision48
6.2Subcontracting Schemes51
6.3Five General Considerations53
6.4Procedural Issues58
7Conclusion64
References65

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