HDR Candidate: Han Yuangcheng

Milestone: PhD Confirmation

Title: Services Trade and Structural Transformation

Time and date: 9am, Monday 17 January 2022

Zoom linkhttps://uqz.zoom.us/j/3223263343



We study how service trade affects structural transformation and regional patterns of specialization. Using a spatial model of structural transformation and trade, we study how international and domestic trade of services amplifies or dampens the structural transformation of the whole Canadian economy.

We find that service trade, domestic and international, amplifies regional specialization and increases the share of the tradable service sector in Canada. The existence of interprovincial trade of services increases service trade exports and value-added shares of regions with comparative advantage in tradable services (40%), and this effect is amplified by the rise in tradable services productivity (30%).