Services Trade Restrictiveness Index

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The OECD Services Trade Restrictiveness Index (STRI) was launched in 2014. The regulatory database and indices are updated annually in December, making the STRI a unique tool to provide up-to-date information on regulatory changes affecting services trade in 44 countries over time. This represents a new opportunity to gain insights into global trends in services trade regulations while expanding the horizon on analysis into the effects of restrictions to trade in services. The STRI records changes introduced through new or amended laws and regulations, whether trade liberalising or trade tightening. The extent of regulatory changes introduced each year tends to be narrow in quantitative terms as reforms are time intensive processes. Nonetheless, the impact of changes on the indices vary as some are more important than others, especially if new measures affect the entire economy. The STRI serves as a useful tool in identifying such economy-wide changes as well as sector specific reforms, while facilitating further understanding into trends both within a country as well as globally.

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