The Cato Institute today explores the problem of "invisible" trade barriers. "Although they are part of a large and growing segment of world trade -- and a prominent feature in healthy, vibrant economies -- services are often overlooked in trade negotiations in favor of higher-profile trade in agriculture and manufactured goods," explains a Cato brief.

In a new paper, scholar Sallie James argues that "the United States should continue to press other nations, including developing countries, to open their markets to American service providers, while removing unwieldy restrictions at home." Is the Obama administration informed of the current barriers to service providers? Send your thoughts and experiences on operating overseas to sean@bigthink.com