Services Trade Restrictiveness Index
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The OECD STRI is a unique, evidence-based tool that collects information on services trade restrictions across 19 major services sectors. The project has two distinct but complementary instruments: a services trade regulatory database and a services trade restrictiveness index. These instruments provide a rich source of information for trade policy makers, trade negotiators and researchers, and an instrument for impact assessment of trade liberalisation. The STRI further allows individual countries to benchmark their services market regulations against the global best practice, identify outlier restrictions and current bottlenecks.
The regulatory database contains laws and regulations collected from 44 countries: the 35 OECD Member economies, Russia and key partners (Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and South Africa), as well as countries having accession discussions with the OECD. Based on the qualitative information in the database, composite indices quantify the identified restrictions across five standard policy categories, with values between zero and one. Complete openness to trade and investment gives a score of zero, while being completely closed to foreign services providers yields a score of one.

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February 1, 2017

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National legislation from public websites

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Yearly

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2014-2016

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STRI indices take the value from 0 to 1. Complete openness to trade and investment gives a score of zero, while being completely closed to foreign services providers yields a score of one.

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44 countries: OECD, Colombia, Costa Rica, Latvia, Lithuania, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia, South Africa

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Computer and Related Services, Construction, Architecture and Engineering Services, Legal and Accounting Services, Telecommunication Services, Distribution Services, Audio-visual Services, Financial Services, Transport and Courier Services, Logistics Services

Services Trade Restrictiveness IndexAbstract

The OECD STRI is a unique, evidence-based tool that collects information on services trade restrictions across 19 major services sectors. The project has two distinct but complementary instruments: a services trade regulatory database and a services trade restrictiveness index. These instruments provide a rich source of information for trade policy makers, trade negotiators and researchers, and an instrument for impact assessment of trade liberalisation. The STRI further allows individual countries to benchmark their services market regulations against the global best practice, identify outlier restrictions and current bottlenecks.
The regulatory database contains laws and regulations collected from 44 countries: the 35 OECD Member economies, Russia and key partners (Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and South Africa), as well as countries having accession discussions with the OECD. Based on the qualitative information in the database, composite indices quantify the identified restrictions across five standard policy categories, with values between zero and one. Complete openness to trade and investment gives a score of zero, while being completely closed to foreign services providers yields a score of one.

Contact person/organisation

STRI contact

Data source(s) used

National legislation from public websites

Name of collection/source

STRI_Regulatory_Databasehttp://qdd.oecd.org/subject.aspx?Subject=STRISource Periodicity

Yearly

Date last input received

February 1, 2017

Unit of measure used

STRI indices take the value from 0 to 1. Complete openness to trade and investment gives a score of zero, while being completely closed to foreign services providers yields a score of one.

Periodicity

Yearly

Reference period

2014-2016

Other data characteristics

STRI_Homehttp://www.oecd.org/tad/services-trade/services-trade-restrictiveness-index.htmGeographic coverage

44 countries: OECD, Colombia, Costa Rica, Latvia, Lithuania, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia, South Africa

Sector coverage

Computer and Related Services, Construction, Architecture and Engineering Services, Legal and Accounting Services, Telecommunication Services, Distribution Services, Audio-visual Services, Financial Services, Transport and Courier Services, Logistics Services