ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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GATS and Higher Education

This paper reviews the different proposals put forth by nations under the General Agreement on Trade in Services in the context of their comparative advantages within the field of higher education. It analyses the nature of comparative advantages among nations pertaining to different modes and articles specified in the GATS text. The authors argue that nations that have a distinct comparative advantage in a particular area within education insist, via the proposals they put forth in that area, on liberalisation of that area first. This is leading to a certain sequencing of the articles negotiated that is likely to alter the implications of the entire trade agreement.

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