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Irish-UK Services Trade and Brexit. ESRI WP595, July 2018

Lawless, Martina (2018) Irish-UK Services Trade and Brexit. ESRI WP595, July 2018. [Working Paper]

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    This paper examines the determinants of international trade in services using data on total services trade and a breakdown of the component subsectors between 28 reporting countries and over fifty partner countries. Using a gravity model approach, we find that the income level and size of the trading partners and the distance between them affect trade flows in services in a similar manner to trade in goods. In the context of Brexit, we focus on the degree to which the European Union has facilitated trade in services amongst its members compared to trade between other partner countries. EU membership is found to be associated with an overall 26% higher level of trade in services. Furthermore, across the subsectors we find considerable variation in the degree to which EU membership impacts trade flows, ranging from being statistically insignificant or even slightly negative to having positive effects equivalent to a more than doubling of trade. We then relate these findings to potential impacts of Brexit on services trade between Ireland and the UK. Assuming that exiting the EU has symmetric effects to membership, Irish services imports from the UK could decline by 33% and exports almost half in this scenario, driven mainly by reductions in the insurance and telecommunications sectors. In terms of overall services trade, this is equivalent to a 3.5% reduction in imports and a 9% fall in exports, although this estimate does not take account of any potential increases in trade with other countries or policy actions to mitigate the effects of the UK exit from the EU.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > Brexit
    Countries > Ireland
    Countries > U.K.
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > economic and financial affairs > trade policy
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), Dublin > ESRI Working Papers
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 26 Dec 2019 14:10
    Number of Pages: 27
    Last Modified: 26 Dec 2019 14:10

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