Trade in Services and in Goods with Low-Wage Countries - How do Attitudes Differ? (2009:6)

The extent to which low-wage trade competition in the service sector with posted workers should be allowed in the EU has been a hot issue recently. In Sweden, the so-called Vaxholm conflict has become the symbol for this debate.

In the report Trade in Services and in Goods with Low-Wage Countries – How Do Attitudes Differ and How Are They Formed? economists and psychologists analyse the attitudes to different types of low-wage trade competition. The results confirm that attitudes to low-wage trade competition in services requiring the posting of foreign workers are more negative than to conventional low-wage trade in goods. Attitude formation seems to have both "rational" and "irrational" components. This holds for both those in favour of low-wage competition in services trade and those against, although the degree of "rationality" appears to be larger for the former group.

The report is part of the research project Attitudes to trade in services and was presented at the seminar Trade in services and in goods with low-wage countries - How do atitudes differ?

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