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Estimating the Effects of West Sumatra Public Asset Insurance Program on Short-Term Recovery after the September 2009 Earthquake

03 December 2013

Abstract This paper analyses the effect of the West Sumatra public asset insurance program on short-term economic recovery after the September 2009 West Sumatra Earthquake. … Read More

Human Capital, Innovation and Technology, Labour and Migration

Education and Human Capital Development to Strengthen R&D Capacity in the ASEAN

03 December 2013

The role of education is crucial in process of economic development. Initially, investments in training and education produce the necessary technical workers. At … Read More

Development and Restructuring of Regional Production/Distribution Networks in East Asia

23 November 2013

Abstract This paper attempts to investigate the features of development and restructuring patterns of production/distribution networks in East Asia, mainly in machinery sectors, using international … Read More

Evolution of Machinery Production Networks: Linkage of North America with East Asia

23 November 2013

Abstract This paper investigates the developing pattern of machinery trade and the extent and depth of production networks in North America from the perspective of … Read More

Social Protection, disasters

Impact of the 2011 Floods, and Flood Management in Thailand

23 November 2013

This paper first describes the causes of the major flooding in Thailand in 2011, which include natural events, unregulated land-use patterns and flood … Read More

What are the Opportunities and Challenges for ASEAN?

13 November 2013

Abstract This paper attempts to investigate the features of development and restructuring patterns of regional production/distribution networks, mainly in machinery sectors, using finely disaggregated international … Read More

Macroeconomy, Regulation and Governance

Towards a Truly Seamless Single Windows and Trade Facilitation Regime in ASEAN Beyond 2015

13 November 2013

The current status of trade facilitation measures including the ASEAN Single Window initiative is reviewed and assessed. Similar initiatives for trade facilitation in … Read More

Regulation and Governance, Competitiveness

Standards Harmonisation in ASEAN: Progress, Challenges and Moving Beyond 2015

13 November 2013

Addressing technical barriers to trade is a key priority of ASEAN as part of trade facilitation in achieving the Single Market and Production Base under … Read More

Financial Integration Challenges in ASEAN beyond 2015

11 November 2013

Abstract Financial integration challenges in ASEAN beyond 2015 can be grouped into two broad classes. The first classes of challenges are the regulatory and … Read More

Innovation and Technology, Regulation and Governance

Stimulating Innovation in ASEAN Institutional Support, R&D Activity and Intellectual Property Rights

11 November 2013

Using a stylized framework of technological capability development through pursuing Keynesian-Kaleckian style demand management strategies, this paper discusses initiatives that poorer member governments … Read More

Who Disseminates Technology to Whom, How, and Why: Evidence from Buyer-Seller Business Networks

04 November 2013

Abstract This paper investigates the relationship between firm-level upgrading and buyer-seller business networks in order to better understand how and to whom technology transfer occurs. … Read More

Reconstructing the Concept of "Single Market and Production Base" for ASEAN beyond 2015

31 October 2013

Abstract This paper examines the true meaning of the key word of ASEAN economic integration "single market and production base." Heading for "single market" … Read More

Streamlining NTMs in ASEAN: The Way Forward

31 October 2013

Abstract The findings show that the incidence of non tariff measures (NTMs) in ASEAN is moderate in comparison with other regions of the world. … Read More

Small and Medium Enterprises' Access to Finance: Evidence from Selected Asia Economies

11 October 2013

Abstract This paper sheds light on the issue of SME financing in selected Asian economies using a unique sample survey. It elaborates on (i) … Read More

Toward a Single Aviation Market in ASEAN: Regulatory Reform and Industry Challenges

09 October 2013

Abstract The ASEAN Single Aviation Market or Open Skies project aims to liberalize the air transport industry in ASEAN by 2015. However, the project faces … Read More

Moving MPAC Forward: Strengthening Public-Private Partnership, Improving Project Portfolio and in Search of Practical Financing Schemes

03 October 2013

Abstract Infrastructure investment has high economic returns, especially in ASEAN economies where enhanced connectivity is critical for their continued prosperity. Each member government needs to … Read More

Agriculture, Regulation and Governance

Thought/Issues Paper on ASEAN Food Security: Towards a more Comprehensive Framework

03 October 2013

Food security is fundamental to human security and sustainable development. As ASEAN moves towards an integrated community of caring societies in 2015 and … Read More

Agriculture, Urban Development

Making Myanmar the Star Growth Performer in ASEAN in the Next Decade: A Proposal of Five Growth Strategies

19 September 2013

After decades of isolation, Myanmar is now actively re-engaging with the global economy. For successful re-engagement, Myanmar needs to implement comprehensive economic reforms … Read More

Macroeconomy

Managing Economic Shocks and Macroeconomic Coordination in an Integrated Region: ASEAN Beyond 2015

16 September 2013

Abstract We examine the transmission of economic shocks both from the rest of the world into the ASEAN region, as well as the transmission of … Read More

Competition Policy Challenges of Single Market and Production Base

01 September 2013

Abstract Competition policy is an important beyond-the-border element of the single market and production base envisioned in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). The targets … Read More

Growing an ASEAN Voice?: A Common Platform in Global and Regional Governance

01 September 2013

Abstract As ASEAN moves towards Community, the group's increasing integration combines with extrinsic factors to increase the expectation and need to become play a more … Read More

Social Protection, disasters

Impact of Disasters and Role of Social Protection in Natural Disaster Risk Management in Cambodia

01 August 2013

The pattern of risks faced by the poor and vulnerable in rural areas of Cambodia, as a consequence of natural disaster, is posing … Read More

Social Protection, Agriculture, disasters

Impact of Natural Disasters on Agriculture, Food Security, and Natural Resources and Environment in the Philippines

01 August 2013

This study quantitatively and qualitatively analyzed the impacts of natural disasters (particularly typhoons, floods and droughts) on agriculture, food security and the natural resources and … Read More

disasters, Social Protection

Impact of Disasters and Disaster Risk Management in Singapore: A Case Study of Singapore's Experience in Fighting the SARS Epidemic

01 August 2013

Singapore is vulnerable to both natural and man-made disasters alongside its remarkable economic growth. One of the most significant disasters is the Severe … Read More

industry and manufacturing, Social Protection, disasters

Impact of Recent Crises and Disasters on Regional Production/Distribution Networks and Trade in Japan

01 August 2013

This paper sheds light on domestic/international production networks in machinery industries and examines how the economic crisis and natural/technological disaster that Japan encountered … Read More

Macroeconomy, Social Protection

Index-Based Risk Financing and Development of Natural Disaster Insurance in Developing Asian Countries

01 August 2013

This paper explores innovations in index-based risk transfer products (IBRTPs) as a means to address important insurance market imperfections that have precluded the … Read More

disasters, Environment

Economic and Welfare Impacts of Disasters in East Asia and Policy Responses: The Case of Vietnam

01 August 2013

Although Vietnam has seen remarkable economic achievements over the last twenty-five years, the country is still one of the poorest countries in the … Read More

Social Protection, Urban Development

Impact of Natural Disasters on Production Networks and Urbanization in New Zealand

01 August 2013

New Zealand's history of natural disasters and its vulnerability to various types of disaster are outlined briefly. A summary description of the country's … Read More

industry and manufacturing, Social Protection, disasters

Long-run Economic Impacts of Thai Flooding: Geographical Simulation Analysis

01 July 2013

We discuss the long-run economic impact of natural disasters on the countries concerned by examining the case of Thai flooding in 2011.If the … Read More

A CGE Study of Economic Impact of Accession of Hong Kong to ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement

28 May 2013

Abstract We conduct a set of global computable general equilibrium (CGE) simulations to evaluate economic effects of Hong Kong's accession to the ASEAN-China FTA (HK-ACFTA) … Read More

Trade

Assessing the Progress of Services Liberalization in the ASEAN-China Free Trade Area (ACFTA)

28 May 2013

The aim of this paper is to evaluate the success of progressive services liberalization under the ASEAN China FTA (ACFTA). First, we calculate … Read More

The Impact of AFTA on Intra-AFTA Trade

27 May 2013

Abstract ASEAN countries have liberalized intra-ASEAN trade over the last 20 years by establishing the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA). This paper aims to examine … Read More

How Far Will Hong Kong's Accession to ACFTA Impact its Trade in Goods?

15 May 2013

Abstract Hong Kong proposed its possible accession to the ASEAN-China Free Trade Area (ACFTA) in November 2011. This report examines how much Hong Kong's … Read More

ASEAN Regional Cooperation on Competition Policy

08 April 2013

Abstract ASEAN member states (AMSs) intend to establish the ASEAN Community by 2015. A key component of this goal is the formation of the … Read More

Taking ASEAN+1 FTAs towards the RCEP: A Mapping Study

22 January 2013

Abstract In November 2012, the leaders of the ASEAN+6 countries agreed to launch a new FTA negotiation called the "Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership" (RCEP). … Read More

Impact of Liberalization and Improved Connectivity and Facilitation in ASEAN for the ASEAN Economic Community

01 January 2013

Abstract This study evaluates the impacts of liberalization and improved connectivity and facilitation among the ASEAN member countries. This study attempts to evaluate economic impacts … Read More

Electricity Market Integration: Global Trends and Implications for the EAS Region

27 September 2012

Abstract Electricity market reform has been implemented in many countries and regions in the world. There is no doubt that electricity consumption continues to … Read More

Market Entry Barriers for FDI and Private Investors: Lessons from China's Electricity Market

27 September 2012

Abstract EMI is one of the priorities of regional cooperation identified by leaders from the EAS region. The countries in the region have made great … Read More

Power Generation and Cross-border Grid Planning for the Integrated ASEAN Electricity Market: A Dynamic Linear Programming Model

27 September 2012

Abstract The central question raised in this study is how to meet the growing power demand in ASEAN countries in the next two decades. … Read More

Economic Development, Energy Market Integration and Energy Demand: Implications for East Asia

24 August 2012

Abstract This paper uses the general method of moment (GMM) regression technique to estimate an cross-country energy demand function with a data set covering 71 … Read More

Human Capital, Regulation and Governance

Growth Policy and Inequality in Developing Asia: Lesson from Korea

01 July 2012

While developing Asia has traditionally prioritized growth over equality, recent years have witnessed a growing popular demand for more inclusive growth in the … Read More

Human Capital, Labour and Migration

The Relationship between Structural Change and Inequality: A Conceptual Overview with Special Reference to Developing Asia

01 July 2012

Structural change has a far-reaching impact on inequality. It exposes the population to challenges and opportunities. Foreign trade and technological progress have been … Read More

Direction of Causality in Innovation-Exporting Linkage: Evidence on Korean Manufacturing

06 June 2012

Abstract This paper examines various possible bi-directional causal relationships among exporting, innovation, and productivity utilizing plant-level data on Korean manufacturing. Based on both propensity score … Read More

Globalization, Innovation and Productivity in Manufacturing Firms: A Study of Four Sectors of China

06 June 2012

Abstract This paper investigates relationships between innovation input, innovation output and labor productivity in China for four major manufacturing sectors; textiles, wearing apparel, transport equipment … Read More

Sources of Learning-by-Exporting Effects: Does Exporting Promote Innovation?

06 June 2012

Abstract This paper examines whether first-time exporters achieve productivity improvements through learning-by-exporting effects. The results suggest that starting exporting to North America/Europe has a strong … Read More

The Link between Innovation and Export: Evidence from Australia's Small and Medium Enterprises

06 June 2012

Abstract This paper investigates the direction of causality between export market participation and innovation using firm level data from Australia. Using the propensity score matching … Read More

The Role of Trade Costs in FDI Strategy of Heterogeneous Firms: Evidence from Japanese Firm-level Data

06 June 2012

Abstract This paper attempts to clarify the reasons for the rapid growth of FDI in developing countries, particularly East Asian countries, compared with that of … Read More

Innovation and Technology, industry and manufacturing

Knowledge Flows, Organization and Innovation: Firm-Level Evidence from Malaysia

06 June 2012

Technological upgrading of a country's manufacturing sector requires the enhancement of firm-level capabilities. Knowledge flows within firms and those between firms and other entities are … Read More

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