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.



What the GATS Says – and Doesn't Say

The remainder of this paper moves from discussing the general case for labour mobility to the more specific issue of the negotiations under the General Agreement on Trade in Services of the WTO about the temporary movement of natural persons. The GATS recognises four modes of service delivery; the TMNP is known as Mode 4 and is by far the smallest in terms of trade flows as well as the volume of scheduled concessions recorded under the GATS. This section reviews the structure and interpretation of the GATS as it applies to Mode 4.


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