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Leveraging Services for Development: Prospects and Policies


40 minutes

About the Course

This lecture overviews the services industry from a trade perspective, its role in economic development, and how it relates to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is divided into 4 units:

Unit 1: Introduction and Background (14 minutes)

  • Importance of the service industry
  • Economies’ shift towards services
  • Acceleration of premature pre-industrialization

Unit 2:  Services Trade (7 minutes)

  • International trade of services
  • Different modes of services trade

Unit 3: Services Productivity and Technology (7 minutes)

  • High productivity growth in services
  • Increased “servicification” of the manufacturing industry

Unit 4: Services and Development (10 minutes)

  • Connection between services and the SDGs
  • Additional findings of the services industry
  • Services’ trade opening
  • Conclusion

Learning Objectives

  • Better understand the role of services, services trade, and services trade restrictiveness in economic development
  • Provide better policy options and best practices for leveraging services for development

How to Complete this Course

  • Watch 4 short video lessons
  • Review open access learning materials
  • Submit an evaluation form
  • Certificate issued upon completion of course requirements


Matthias Helble, Economist, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

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