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					    The future of trade and services
      The Netherlands as a trading nation




            Frank den Butter (VU/ ex-WRR)
Club of Amsterdam, February 23, 2005, PWC, Amsterdam

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Enhanced welfare (more growth)
          through



• Increase in labour participation
• Higher productivity


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        Productivity growth?:
• Better products: product
  innovation; high tech (let’s make
 things better)

• Less transaction costs:
  innovation in orchasrating and
  trade function (let’s trade things better)

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 Let us exploit our strength as a
          trading nation
• The Netherlands has for over 4
  centuries been a trading nation. That’s
  where our economic power is. Let us
  use and extend that power in a
  globalising world where ict brings about
  rapid change: be innovative in trade and
  acquire and use knowledge in order to
  reduce transaction costs!
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    Welfare = Division of labour
• Division of labour is restricted by co-ordination
  costs = transaction costs;
• Innovations which reduce transaction
  costs : more division of labour and welfare:
  more “trade”;
• Trade: exchange of property rights;
• Both within companies (multinationals, hierarchy)
  and between companies (MSB, market);
• Efficient split-up of production chain: outsourcing,
  offshoring, global sourcing; services
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          Trade flows in 2001
Europa         85%
                                                             Amerika

                                   6%


    62%                                            13%
                      Nederland

                                               22%
          2%

                 3%
                              7%

Afrika                                                        Azië &
                                                             Oceanië



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     Which transaction costs?
• Costs of transport (incl. logistics)
• Taxes, tariffs, import quota
• Administrative burden; “red tape”
• Costs of negotiating, monitoring,
  bonding of contracts, legal
  infrastructure
• Network buiding: reputation and trust
  (part of “goodwill”)
• Information costs (e.g. marketing)
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  Who works in the transaction
           sector?

Brokers, salesmen, purchasers, auditors
 administrators, lawyers, transporters,
 financial advisers, ICT-professionals,
      organizers, staff managers,
             entrepreneurs

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          Question:

 What part of your working time
do you spend on the transaction
    function (co-ordination)?



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 Which knowledge is needed in
 future for trade and services?
• Organizing production: invest in trust
  with clients, suppliers and
  subcontractors; networks
• Financial innovations, uniform
  standards
• Maintain orchestrating function
• Value creation: design and marketing
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              Role of services
• Specific knowledge on coordination in production
  chain
• Knowledge of cultural diversity and of how to reduce
  informal trade barriers
• Provision of standards and quality guarantees, e.g
  with respect to information on internet (portal
  function)
• Financial intermediation, legal advise, design,
  marketing
• Knowledge intensive parts of production (R&D)
• Trade function is not restricted to service sector
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     Amsterdam Trade University
• International knowledge institute for trade following the
  Amsterdam tradition
• Combines available knowledge and existing courses (virtual
  institute)
• Education program: summer courses, master classes, post
  graduate and master courses, both for Dutch students and
  highpo’s of trading partners
• Good alumni policy: use of cultural tradition
• Research program: network function of ATU in research
  conducted by experts in companies on their own research
  questions
• Data base and network function for sharing of knowledge

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Rembrandt’s “staalmeesters” symbolizes the tradition of trade
and reduction of transaction costs in the Netherlands by
setting quality standards




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