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FDI, SMEs, Viet Nam, Investment

Impacts of FDI Presence and Product Sophistication on the Demand for Skilled and Unskilled Labour: Evidence from SMEs in Viet Nam

02 February 2023

This study employs data from the Viet Nam Enterprise Survey (VES) for 2007 and 2011) to examine the effect of foreign direct investment (FDI) and … Read More

RCEP, Indonesia, free trade agreement, FTAs, Trade

RCEP and Indonesia: Economic Reform and Prospects for Implementation

10 January 2023

The conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is very important for Indonesia as it may bring many benefits to the country. This paper … Read More

Digital Economy, ASEAN, Gender Equality, women in tech

Availability of Gender-Disaggregated Data on the ASEAN Digital Economy

10 January 2023

All Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Member States acknowledge the importance of gender data for policymaking on women’s economic empowerment and full integration into … Read More

Trade, Indo-Pacific

The Indo-Pacific Partnership and Digital Trade Rule Setting: Policy Proposals

14 December 2022

The idea of the Indo-Pacific was borne from a global trend that has (re)oriented the centre of the world’s economic gravity to the East. Accelerating … Read More

women in tech, Digital Economy, ASEAN

Women and Leadership in the ASEAN Digital Economy: Mapping the Rhetorical Landscape

13 December 2022

This paper assesses the nature of policy, media, and research representations of women’s inequality in digital leadership, reflecting on how clearly they define the issues, … Read More

Digital Economy, women in tech, Gender Equality, Cyber Violence, Cybersecurity, ASEAN

Gender Security and Safety in the ASEAN Digital Economy

13 December 2022

Gender-based cyber violence inhibits progress towards gender digital equality by discouraging women from participating in the digital economy. From the magnitude of the problem to … Read More

global value chains, manufacturing, labour productivity, Regulation and Governance, Trade, Viet Nam

Global Value Chain Participation and Labour Productivity in Manufacturing Firms in Viet Nam: Firm-Level Panel Analysis

28 October 2022

This study describes the status of global value chains (GVCs) in Viet Nam and examines the roles of GVC participation and technology in enhancing labour … Read More

RCEP, Japan, FTAs, Trade

Japan and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

24 October 2022

This paper aims to clarify the role of Japan in the process leading up to the establishment of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). While … Read More

RCEP, RCEP countries, ERIA, ASEAN, Trade

The Role of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) in Promoting the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

24 October 2022

This paper aims to understand how the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), an international organisation established under the East Asia Summit … Read More

ASEAN, Trade, Services

RCEP Services Liberalisation: Key Features and Implications

21 October 2022

The Trade in Services Chapter of the RCEP Agreement establishes the rules for the progressive liberalisation of trade in the region and sets out regulatory … Read More

RCEP, Trade, ASEAN, Investment, Services, CGE

Impact of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP): A Global Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) Simulation

21 October 2022

This study estimates the potential economic effects of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) by using a recursively dynamic computable general equilibrium (CGE) model, which … Read More

RCEP, ASEAN, Trade, Digital Economy, Services

International Production Network in the Next Generation and the Role of RCEP

21 October 2022

This paper attempts to discuss the potential role of RCEP from the perspective of two kinds of international division of labor, i.e., machinery international production … Read More

RCEP, Cambodia, Free Trade, FTAs

Potential Impact of RCEP and Structural Transformation on Cambodia

21 October 2022

This paper examines the potential impact of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) on the Cambodian economy in terms of trade, output growth, and employment. … Read More

RCEP, ASEAN, Trade, Services

The Implications of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) for Asian Regional Architecture

21 October 2022

East Asia’s Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) came into force in 2022 as the world’s largest free trade agreement. RCEP was concluded, signed and brought … Read More

RCEP, Rules of Origin, FTAs

Restrictiveness of RCEP Rules of Origin: Implications for Global Value Chains in East Asia

21 October 2022

This chapter aims to examine the restrictiveness of rules of origin (RoO) in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and other key multilateral free trade … Read More

ASEAN, Investment, FDI, East Asia

Investment Liberalisation in East and Southeast Asia

21 October 2022

This paper presents the trends and patterns in the inflows and outflows of foreign direct investment (FDI) and reviews FDI liberalisation in East and Southeast … Read More

Trade, FTAs, ASEAN, East Asia

Trade Remedies Chapter

21 October 2022

The aim of this paper is to analyse the trade remedies chapter in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement. Based on the comprehensive analysis … Read More

RCEP, RCEP countries, SMEs

Economic and Technical Cooperation in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership: Focus Areas and Support for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

21 October 2022

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) member countries differ in terms of the level of development. To ensure the benefits of RCEP are distributed equitably, economic … Read More

RCEP, RCEP countries, Trade, FTAs

Global Value Chain Indicators: A Survey and Application to RCEP

21 October 2022

This study follows and extends a survey by Amador and Cabral (2014) on global value chain (GVC) indicators and applies selected indicators to data from … Read More

ASEAN, RCEP, Services

RCEP and Modern Services

21 October 2022

In this chapter, we start with an overview of trade flows in modern services within the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) region and identify the … Read More

ASEAN, Trade, Investment

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership: Economic Backgrounds of ASEAN and Its Dialogue Partners

29 September 2022

We overview the economic backgrounds of the countries participating in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations and two Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) … Read More

ASEAN, RCEP, Trade, trade liberalisation

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, ASEAN’s Agency, and the Role of ASEAN Members in Shaping the Regional Economic Order

29 September 2022

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) – a mega free trade agreement comprising 15 countries – the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Member … Read More

ASEAN, RCEP

Centrality and Community: ASEAN in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership

29 September 2022

This paper examines the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) role in the formation of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement. The RCEP project … Read More

RCEP, Trade, RCEP countries

Trade Facilitation in RCEP Countries

14 September 2022

The trade facilitation under the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is critical for regional trade and economic cooperation amongst the 15 member countries. This chapter … Read More

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