Liberalising Labour Mobility Under the GATS

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Multipleshift systems primarily aim to extend access and minimise unit costs. However, some systems only achieve these goals at the expense of educational quality. Policymakers may be faced by difficult choices in system design.




The heart of international trade, be it in goods or in factors, lies in exploiting differences. The larger the differences, the larger the potential gains from opening up international trade. In the case of the temporary movement of natural persons under the GATS, potentially large returns would be feasible if medium and less skilled workers, who are relatively abundant in developing countries, were allowed to move and provide their services in developed countries.


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