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ASEAN, COVID-19, East Asia, Government Intervention, Macroeconomy, Stock Market

Financial Market Responses to Government COVID-19 Pandemic Interventions: Empirical Evidence from South-East and East Asia

29 April 2021

This study investigates the impact of various government interventions on the spread of COVID-19 as well as stock markets in South-East and East Asia. It … Read More

ASEAN, COVID-19, Labour and Migration, Macroeconomy

Could the COVID-19 Crisis Affect Remittances and Labour Supply in ASEAN Economies? Macroeconomic Conjectures Based on the SARS Epidemic

28 April 2021

Debates on resilience to economic shocks in the ASEAN region focus on what policymakers can do to mitigate negative impacts associated with financial-economic crises. The … Read More

ASEAN, COVID-19, global value chains, Pharmaceuticals

Facilitating Trade in Pharmaceuticals: A Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

23 April 2021

This paper reviews trade in pharmaceutical products, focusing on ASEAN countries. Trade in this sector is of singular policy importance as a result of the … Read More

COVID-19, Indonesia, inequality, Poverty

COVID-19 and Socio-Economic Inequalities in Indonesia: A Subnational-level Analysis

22 April 2021

This study examines if COVID-19 has worsened socio-economic inequalities across provinces in Indonesia, and if it has affected the spatial disparity in provincial-level socio-economic indicators. … Read More

ASEAN, COVID-19, global value chains, industry and manufacturing

The Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Global Production Sharing in East Asia

21 April 2021

This paper examines the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on global production sharing in ASEAN Member States. Product-level analysis – on hard disk drives, air … Read More

ASEAN, ASEAN+6, Global Governance, Investment, Services, Trade

COVID-19 and Services Trade in ASEAN+6: Implications and Estimates from Structural Gravity

19 April 2021

Given the importance of services for economic activity in general and the salience of reducing service link costs for overcoming the economic and health challenges … Read More

ASEAN, Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Connectivity, COVID-19, Transportation

The COVID-19 Pandemic, Air Transport Perturbation, and Sector Impacts in ASEAN Plus Five: A Multiregional Input–Output Inoperability Analysis

16 April 2021

This study simulates the sector impacts of demand-side perturbations on air transport sectors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on ASEAN members plus Australia, China, … Read More

Air pollutants, Asia, COVID-19, Energy, Environment

How Is the Asian Economy Recovering from the COVID-19 Pandemic? Evidence from the Emissions of Air Pollutants

31 March 2021

This study empirically examines how economic and social activities in Asia were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic by using the emissions amounts of various air … Read More

COVID-19, industry and manufacturing, Japan, Trade

Demand and Supply Shocks of COVID-19 and International Production Networks: Evidence from Japan’s Machinery Trade

29 March 2021

Abstract: This paper investigated the impacts of COVID-19 on international production networks in machinery sectors by shedding light on negative supply shocks, negative demand shocks, … Read More

ASEAN, China, COVID-19, Trade

The COVID-19 Pandemic and the World Trade Network

29 March 2021

Global trade is expected to suffer a significant contraction as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Did the relative importance of countries in the world … Read More

Connectivity, COVID-19, East Asia, global value chains, Japan

The Impact of COVID-19 on Global Production Networks: Evidence from Japanese Multinational Firms

26 March 2021

Using aggregate-level data on Japanese multinational corporations (MNCs) in major host countries and regions, this paper investigates the impact of COVID-19 on global production and … Read More

ASEAN, Connectivity, Energy, Infrastructure, Mekong Region

Understanding Quality Energy-Related Infrastructure Development in the Mekong Subregion: Key Drivers and Policy Implications

16 March 2021

Many players have supported infrastructure development in the Mekong Subregion, bridging the missing links in Southeast Asia. While the influx of energy-related infrastructure development investments … Read More

Competitiveness, Education, India, Skills Development

Birth Order, Sibling Sex Composition, and Quantity–Quality Trade-offs – Evidence from India

23 February 2021

We use two waves of data from the India Human Development Survey to investigate the effect of family size on (i) parental expenditures on children’s … Read More

Energy, Indonesia, Innovation and Technology, Labour and Migration, Skills Development

Fuelling the Engines of Liberation with Cleaner Cooking Fuel

23 February 2021

Using the staggered roll-out of the Indonesian Conversion to Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Programme, we show that a subsidy for the labour- and time-saving cooking … Read More

Education, global value chains, Human Capital, Indonesia, manufacturing

The Link Between Global Value Chain Activity and Local Human Capital: Evidence from Indonesia’s Manufacturing Sector

18 February 2021

For developing countries, participation in global value chains (GVCs) provides an opportunity to expand domestic human capital. Since GVC firms require qualified workers to meet … Read More

Competitiveness, Education, Human Capital, labour market, Viet Nam

Getting to Grade 10 in Viet Nam: Challenges from Deprivation, Discrimination, and a Booming Job Market

18 February 2021

Viet Nam has enjoyed more than a generation of rapid economic growth, led by labour-intensive exports. This form and pace of growth has increased schooling … Read More

ASEAN, Competitiveness, digitalisation, Gender Equality

Gender Digital Equality Across ASEAN

08 February 2021

This paper provides an overview of the participation of women in the digital economy across ASEAN. By using available data sources, it compares and analyses … Read More

Cambodia, Education, Human Capital, Innovation and Technology, innovative financing

Child Education: Rethinking Microcredit in Cambodia

16 December 2020

Conflicting and controversial conclusions about the potential effects of microcredit on socio-economic development raise concerns over the effects on child education. This study analyses the … Read More

Education, Human Capital, Indonesia, Innovation

Determinants of School Enrolment: Relationship between Minimum Wage and Human Capital Investment

16 December 2020

Most economic research on minimum wage has focused on employment effects. Research analysing the effects of minimum wage on skill acquisition and educational investment is … Read More

Education, Innovation and Technology, SMEs, Viet Nam

The Role of Innovation in Skill Development: Evidence from Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Viet Nam

16 December 2020

Using the Small and Medium Enterprise Survey in Vietnam and three proxies of innovation, we study the impact of firm innovation on on-the-job training in … Read More

development, Education, Thailand

Intergenerational Transmission of Human Capital: The Case of Thailand

14 December 2020

This study provides evidence of intergenerational transmission of human capital in Thailand, using data from the Thailand Labor Force Survey of 1985–2017. Employing the instrumental … Read More

development, Education, Environment, Viet Nam

The Effects of Prenatal Exposure to Plentiful Rainfall on Cognitive Development in Viet Nam

14 December 2020

We examine the impact of exposure to plentiful rainfall while in utero on the cognitive development of the same children from ages 5 to 15 … Read More

energy transition, renewables, fossil fuels, system integration, ASEAN, Hydrogen, Energy

Potential Renewable Hydrogen from Curtailed Electricity for ASEAN’s Clean Energy: Policy Implications

25 November 2020

The power generation mix of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is dominated by fossil fuels, which accounted for almost 80% in 2017 and … Read More

urban and rural economic growth, inequality, Indonesia, Urban Development, Poverty

Measuring the Pro-Poorness of Urban and Rural Economic Growth in Indonesia, 2004–2014

25 November 2020

This study measures the pro-poorness of urban and rural economic growth by region from 2004 to 2014 in Indonesia using pro-poor growth indexes, with data … Read More

business continuity plan, supply chain, Great East Japan earthquake, Thailand, Japan, disaster resilience, Natural Disaster, disaster risk reduction, disaster risk management

Effects of Business Continuity Planning on Reducing Economic Loss due to Natural Disasters

25 November 2020

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) economy has developed rapidly since the 1980s, centred on the automobile industry, and has been connected to economic … Read More

ASEAN, Energy, Energy Statistics

Energy Reality and Emissions in ASEAN: Energy Modelling Scenarios and Policy Implications

11 November 2020

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) faces tremendous challenges regarding the future energy landscape and how the energy transition will embrace a new architecture … Read More

Innovation and Technology, Japan, Labour and Migration

Robotics Technology and Firm-level Employment Adjustment in Japan

08 November 2020

Unlike studies that analyse the impact of robotics technology on employment at the industry or firm level, this study investigates cross-division employment adjustment within a … Read More

India, Innovation and Technology, Labour and Migration

Does Change in Intellectual Property Rights Induce Demand for Skilled Workers? Evidence from India

06 November 2020

Do incentives to innovate create demand for skilled workers more than proportionately? We study the question using the implementation of the Patent (Amendment) Act in … Read More

Natural Disaster, disaster risk management, Japan, Thailand

Economic Damage from Natural Hazards and Local Disaster Management Plans in Japan and Thailand

20 October 2020

Japan and Thailand are geographically similar in that both countries have a vast coastline and a population that is concentrated in urban areas. Natural hazards … Read More

Finance, Financial Inclusion, India, Poverty

Financial Inclusion, Active Bank Accounts and Poverty Reduction in India

30 September 2020

Using the World Bank’s Global Findex data, this research first shows that the efforts by the Indian Government and the Reserve Bank have been successful … Read More

Finance, Financial Inclusion, Indonesia

Financial Inclusion and Savings in Indonesia

29 September 2020

This paper discusses the status of financial inclusion in Indonesia and examines the impact of financial inclusion – based on availability of bank branches on … Read More

Cambodia, Finance, Financial Inclusion, Poverty

The Poverty-Reducing Effects of Financial Inclusion: Evidence from Cambodia

28 September 2020

This study analyses the effects of financial inclusion on poverty in terms of household income per capita in Cambodia, with data from the FinScope Survey … Read More

ASEAN, East Asia, Finance, Financial Inclusion, development

The Effects of Financial Inclusion on Development Outcomes: New Insights from ASEAN and East Asian Countries

24 September 2020

This study empirically examines the effects of financial inclusion on economic development, – economic growth, education, health, and income inequality – in 20 Asian countries … Read More

ASEAN, East Asia, Finance, Financial Inclusion

The Composition of Financial Inclusion in ASEAN and East Asia: A New Hybrid Index and Some Stylised Facts

24 September 2020

The paper provides an overview of the existing measures of financial inclusion and critically evaluates the two widely used existing methodologies to measure the dimensions … Read More

ASEAN, Finance, Financial Inclusion

The Nature and Landscape of Financial Inclusion in Asia

24 September 2020

This paper presents an examination of the key impacts of financial inclusion on economic prosperity and wellbeing, and on other development indicators such as those … Read More

Water Resource Development Scenarios, Water Diplomacy, Sustainable Development, Integrated Water Resource Development, Lower Mekong Basin

Sustainable Water Resource Development Scenarios and Water Diplomacy in the Lower Mekong Basin: Policy Implications

23 September 2020

This paper uses the current results of the Basin-wide water resource development scenario assessment of the Council Study of the Mekong River Commission Secretariat (MRCS) … Read More

Indonesia, trade policy, Globalisation, economic growth, international economic policy

The Economic Impact of Globalisation in Indonesia

14 August 2020

This paper analyses the economic impact of globalisation in Indonesia from the end of the 1960s to date. The analysis found that globalisation generated a … Read More

China, Labour and Migration, Macroeconomy, Regulation and Governance, Taxation, Technology

The Value-Added Tax Reform and Labour Market Outcomes: Firm Level Evidence from China

07 August 2020

The tax incentives designed to stimulate firm investment may have a large impact on labour market outcomes. Using a comprehensive data set containing more than … Read More

Innovation and Technology, labour productivity, Thailand, Trade, Imports

Technological Advancement, Import Penetration, and Labour Markets: Evidence from Thai Manufacturing

06 August 2020

This paper examines the impacts of advanced technology on a possible change in workers’ skills, wages, and employment due to such technological advancement. Three proxies … Read More

industry and manufacturing, Innovation and Technology, Labour and Migration, Viet Nam

Technology Imports and Employment in Developing Countries: Evidence from Viet Nam

04 August 2020

Advanced machines and technology replace workers through automation. However, capital–labour substitution need not reduce aggregate labour demand, as it induces simultaneous contrasting effects within industries. … Read More

development, disasters, Indonesia, Investment

A Quantitative Analysis of Disaster Risk Reduction Investment Effects for Sustainable Development: Indonesia Case Study

29 June 2020

This paper analyses the long-term impacts of large-scale disasters on the economic growth of developing countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Community, … Read More

industry and manufacturing, Investment, Viet Nam

Assessment of Industrial Cluster Policies in Viet Nam: The Role of Special Economic Zones in Attracting Foreign Direct Investment

26 June 2020

Special economic zones (SEZs) are considered as one of important regional industrial policies to attract foreign investment in developing countries such as Viet Nam. The … Read More

East Asia, global value chains, industry and manufacturing, Innovation and Technology

New Developments in International Production Networks: Impact of Digital Technologies

24 June 2020

We conducted a standard gravity exercise using worldwide disaggregated trade data to shed light on the influence of the spread of digital technologies on network … Read More

global value chains, wage distribution, job inclusion, labour market, labour productivity, Thailand

Analysis of Global Value Chain Participation and the Labour Market in Thailand: A Micro-level Analysis

18 May 2020

This study assesses the links between global value chain (GVC) participation and the labour market to examine the relatively unexplored employment-related distribution effects of GVC … Read More

Trade, Viet Nam, Regulation and Governance, industry and manufacturing

Trade Reform and the Evolution of Agglomeration in Vietnamese Manufacturing

27 April 2020

It is well-documented that agglomeration contributes to productivity growth. However, concentrations of workers could also lead to increasing regional income disparities. Therefore, understanding the evolution … Read More

China, Japan, Labour and Migration, Trade

Labour Market Impacts of Import Penetration from China and Regional Trade Agreement Partners: The Case of Japan

24 April 2020

The impacts of imports on the domestic labour market have been hotly debated recently. The purpose of this paper is to empirically examine the effects … Read More

ASEAN, Regulation and Governance, global value chains, disasters

Pandemic (COVID-19) Policy Regional Cooperation and the Emerging Global Production Network

17 April 2020

In this paper, we explore the possible policy responses to the pandemic shock as well as the related economic (financial crisis) shocks on trade and … Read More

ASEAN, E-commerce, Connectivity, Services, Technology

Improving Digital Connectivity For E-commerce: A Policy Framework and Empirical Note for ASEAN

10 March 2020

Global cross-border e-commerce has become increasingly important in the international economy. The next Asian miracle of growth could be born out of the region's digital … Read More

tariff, manufacturing, wages, vietnam

Tariff Policies and Wages in Manufacturing Industries: New Evidence from Viet Nam

06 March 2020

This paper reviews the tariff policies and their impact on the wages of workers in manufacturing during the substantial trade liberalisation period in Viet Nam … Read More

Thailand, Trade, Exports, Imports, Regional, global value chains, free trade agreement

Do Regional Trade Agreements Really Help Global Value Chains Develop? Evidence from Thailand

04 March 2020

This paper examines the firm-level nexus between exporting and importing by using firm-level data from Thai customs. We differentiate firms’ imports according to the tariff … Read More

ASEAN, East Asia, Environment, Finance, Paris Agreement, Regulation and Governance

Policies and Financing Strategies for Low-Carbon Energy Transition: Overcoming Barriers to Private Financial Institutions

14 February 2020

Placing Asian economies on a low-carbon path requires an unprecedented shift in private investment and new financing models. A growing community of investors is seeking … Read More

East Asia, global value chains, Labour and Migration, Regulation and Governance, Trade

Global Value Chain Participation and the Relative Demand for Skilled Labour in East Asia

14 February 2020

Global value chains (GVCs) may have distributional consequences for the relative demand for skilled labour. This study relates GVC participation to the share of skilled … Read More

industry and manufacturing, microdata, Trade, Viet Nam

The Effects of the Temporary Protection on Firm Performances: Evidence from the Steel Industry in Viet Nam

13 February 2020

Trade protection may have significant impacts on sectors other than those targeted by protection policies, especially when the target sector produces goods that are essential … Read More

Indonesia, industry and manufacturing, microdata, Trade

Production Dynamics in Multi-Product Firms’ Exporting

11 February 2020

To create room for production capacity for exported products, new exporters may decrease either the production of exported products or of other products for the … Read More

industry and manufacturing, Innovation, microdata, South Korea, Trade

Learning-to-Export Effect as a Response to Export Opportunities: Micro-Evidence from Korean Manufacturing

11 February 2020

This paper aims to investigate whether empirical evidence supports the learning-to-export hypothesis, which has received little attention in the previous literature. By taking full advantage … Read More

Indonesia, industry and manufacturing, microdata, Trade

Input Allocation Behaviour on Tariff Changes: The Case of Indonesia’s Manufacturing Industries

10 February 2020

Can firms reallocate their imported inputs to domestic sources when faced with import tariffs? To answer this question, we analyse the input allocation behaviour of … Read More

Indonesia, industry and manufacturing, Investment, Labour and Migration, microdata

Foreign Direct Investment and Labour Market Dynamics in a Developing Country: Evidence from Indonesian Plant-Level Data

10 February 2020

This study examines the impact of inward foreign direct investment on the wages and employment of skilled and unskilled workers in Indonesian manufacturing plants. Entry … Read More

Antidumping, Innovation and Technology, japan, microdata, Trade

Exports and Innovation: Evidence from Antidumping Duties Against Japanese Firms

06 February 2020

By conducting a difference-in-difference analysis, we examine how the targeted exporters adjust their innovative activities in the face of the negative export shock inflicted by … Read More

industry and manufacturing, microdata, productivity, Thailand

Effectiveness of Industrial Policy on Firms’ Productivity: Evidence from Thai Manufacturing

06 February 2020

This paper examines the role of industrial policy on firms’ productivity, using 3 years of panel data on Thai manufacturing as a case study. A … Read More

industry and manufacturing, microdata, tariff, Trade, South Korea

Does Home (Output) Import Tariff Reduction Increase Home Exports? Evidence from Korean Manufacturing Plant–Product Data

05 February 2020

This study examines the effects of domestic output import tariff reduction on domestic plant export dynamics and clarifies the underlying mechanism, using rich plant–product data … Read More

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