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date: 24 January 2019

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This article examines the degree to which countries' commitments under the GATS financial services agreement match regulatory practices ‘on the ground’ in member countries. It is organized as follows. The second section provides a brief explanation of the GATS and the nature of WTO commitments. The third section describes the two companion parts of the data set. The fourth section develops and applies the ‘degree of discrimination’ index as a measure of the extent to which there is a regulations-related disadvantage under which foreign banks operate, post-entry, relative to domestic banks. The final section summarizes findings and concludes with an observation about the ongoing relevance of this information for discussions about better coordination of cross-border banking supervision in the wake of the global financial crisis of 2008.

Keywords: GATS, international agreement, financial services agreement, financial regulation, WTO, cross-border banking supervision, banking regulation

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