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Energy, Regulation and Governance

Cost Assessment of Energy Security Improvement in East Asia Summit Region

21 September 2016

Energy security is a central pillar energy policy in all East Asia Summit countries. Self-sufficiency of energy supply forms the basis of energy … Read More

Energy, Infrastructure

Cooperation Framework for Oil Stockpiling and Emergency Response System

21 September 2016

Energy demand in ASEAN countries has been rapidly expanding in the last decades. While the total energy demand in ASEAN countries has grown … Read More

Regulation and Governance

The Development of Regulatory Management Systems in East Asia: Deconstruction, Insights, and Fostering ASEAN's Quiet Revolution

31 July 2016

As H.E. Deputy Minister Rizal Lukman of Indonesia said in 2015: 'The emergence of the ASEAN Economic Community is putting the pressure on each ASEAN … Read More

Trade

Facilitating ASEAN Trade in Goods

21 June 2016

Trade facilitation should be viewed as a strategic issue rather than a technical one. While ASEAN has been successful in the phasing out of intra-regional … Read More

industry and manufacturing, Macroeconomy

Non-Tariff Measures in ASEAN

30 April 2016

While tariffs have been reduced, the number of non-tariff measures (NTMs) continues to increase, and is often blamed as one source of the … Read More

Energy, Innovation and Technology

Financing Renewable Energy Development in East Asia Summit Countries
A Primer of Effective Policy Instruments

07 April 2016

This research aims to identify and update the most effective policies in the Asian context, especially for member states of the Association of … Read More

Energy, Infrastructure, Regulation and Governance

Oil Stockpiling and Emergency Response Cooperation of East Asia

31 March 2016

Asia's energy security is usually defined in terms of oil-supply security, given the region's growing demand for oil, its flattening oil production, and … Read More

industry and manufacturing, Trade

Deepening and Widening of Production Networks in ASEAN

03 March 2016

Abstract This paper assesses the recent widening and deepening of machinery production networks in ASEAN and surrounding East Asia by employing highly disaggregated product-level international … Read More

Increasing the Resilience of Asian Supply Chains to Natural Disasters: The Role of the Financial Sector

24 February 2016

Abstract The financial sector is a part of the vital infrastructure of the economy. It can play an important role in mitigating the economic dislocation … Read More

Building Guidelines and a Cooperative Framework in East Asian Countries for Radioactive Emergencies

24 February 2016

Executive Summary Main Argument Several ASEAN member countries plan to introduce commercial nuclear reactors in the 2020s in order to meet their rapidly growing demand … Read More

industry and manufacturing

How Do Exports and Imports Affect the Use of Free Trade Agreements? Firm-level Survey Evidence from Southeast Asia

26 January 2016

Based on profit estimations, findings from a firm-level survey of 630 manufacturing firms across Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries conducted in … Read More

Labour and Migration, Urban Development

Promoting Rural Development, Employment, and Inclusive Growth in ASEAN

26 January 2016

Abstract This paper looks at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) cooperation on rural development, employment creation, and inclusive growth beyond 2015. Rural development … Read More

Environment, Climate Change, disasters

Convergence of Opportunities: Resilience and the ASEAN Community

26 January 2016

Abstract The year 2015 is a defining year for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). As the region journeys forward in forging the ASEAN … Read More

Energy, Innovation and Technology

Study on the Strategic Usage of Coal in the EAS Region: A Technical Potential Map and Update of the First-Year Study

11 January 2016

The demand for coal in East Asia Summit economies is largely due to increasing electricity demand, half of which will be met by … Read More

industry and manufacturing, Regulation and Governance

ASEAN PPP: From Institutional Development to Streamlined Implementation

21 December 2015

There is a growing momentum to set ambitious infrastructure development targets across member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). With … Read More

Tracking Clean Energy Progress in ASEAN Member States and Analysis of Implementation Deficits

21 December 2015

Abstract The extreme prevalence of energy poverty in several Member States of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) calls for urgent action. This paper shows … Read More

Engendering Concerted National Efforts towards Improved Health Outcomes in the ASEAN: Status, Challenges, Targets, and Ways Forward

10 December 2015

Abstract This paper reviews ASEAN's efforts to improve health outcomes in the region and describes the prospects for health post 2015. It reviews the ASEAN … Read More

Human Capital, industry and manufacturing

Investing in Workers and Firms as Learning Centres for Industrial Upgrading

10 December 2015

Investing in workers and firms as learning centres for industrial upgrading is important for economic, social, and cultural development in the context of … Read More

Study on Effective Power Infrastructure Investment through Power Grid Interconnections in East Asia

07 December 2015

Abstract Dense cross-border power grid connections can benefit the ASEAN region through maximum use of untapped resources to generate power and stabilise power supply with … Read More

Environment, disasters

Transboundary Haze Pollution Problem in Southeast Asia: Reframing ASEAN's Response

01 December 2015

ASEAN has experienced periodic episodes of transboundary haze pollution resulting from land and forest fires caused by seasonal burning to clear vegetation on … Read More

Empowering Communities and Countries to Conserve Biodiversity at the National and ASEAN Levels: Status, Challenges, and Ways Forward

01 December 2015

Abstract The importance of biodiversity conservation and its sustainable use to realise the ASEAN vision of promoting sustainable development and a green economy is well … Read More

industry and manufacturing, Labour and Migration

Managing Labour Adjustments in an Integrating ASEAN

01 December 2015

The integration processes of ASEAN are ushering changes in the labour market across the region. Unions complain that jobs are increasingly becoming precarious. … Read More

Energy, Regulation and Governance

Scenario Analysis of Energy Security in the East Asia Summit Region

28 November 2015

This energy security study uses three scenarios as key factors affecting regional energy security: supply uncertainty in the Middle East and Russia, low … Read More

Shared Cultures and Shared Geography: Can There Ever Be a Sense of Common ASEAN Identity and Awareness?

26 November 2015

Abstract This paper looks at the state of identity politics in Southeast Asia today, and focuses on how the postcolonial nation-states of the ASEAN region … Read More

Regulation and Governance, Investment

Reforming The Intellectual Property System to Promote Foreign Direct Investment in ASEAN

25 November 2015

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) adopted the 'ASEAN Intellectual Property Rights Action Plan 2011-2015' in 2011. In said action plan, ASEAN … Read More

Linking Climate Change Adaptation and Food Security in ASEAN

24 November 2015

Abstract Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) food security can be comprehensively governed by the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and the ASEAN Social and Cultural … Read More

Industry

Engendering ASEAN Identity: The Role of Film

24 November 2015

The role of film, which is used here in generic terms to include audiovisual images as well as animation, in engendering the much-sought … Read More

Improving the Regulatory and Support Environment for Migrant Workers for Greater Productivity, Competitiveness, and Social Welfare in ASEAN

24 November 2015

Abstract Migration between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states will increase when the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) stimulates economic development within the … Read More

The Comprehensive Asian Development Plan 2.0 (CADP 2.0): Infrastructure for Connectivity and Innovation

20 November 2015

Abstract The original version of the Comprehensive Asia Development Plan (CADP), which was submitted to the East Asia Summit in 2010 (ERIA, 2010), presented a … Read More

Urban Development

Framing the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Post- 2015

16 November 2015

An inclusive, sustainable, resilient, and dynamic community that engages and benefits the people is what ASEAN aspires to in the post-2015 period. This … Read More

Trade

Non-Tariff Measures: Not All that Bad

29 October 2015

While tariffs have been reduced, the number of non-tariff measures (NTMs) is increasing, and is often blamed to be one source of the … Read More

Environment, Energy, Innovation and Technology

Selecting the Best Mix of Renewable and Conventional Energy Sources for Asian Communities

30 September 2015

The ERIA Working Group on 'Feasibility Study on the Best Mix of Renewable and Conventional Energy Sources Sustainable for Various Asian Communities' has … Read More

Infrastructure, Regulation and Governance

National Public-Private Partnership Framework in ASEAN Member Countries

30 September 2015

PPP has been one important issue in ASEAN in recent years. It is viewed as one alternative of modalities to fulfil massive infrastructure demand in … Read More

ASEAN: Regional Integration and Reforms

29 September 2015

Abstract Over recent decades, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has advanced a policy of regional integration, starting with the ASEAN Free Trade Area, … Read More

Environment

Can Thinking Green and Sustainability be an Economic Opportunity for ASEAN?

28 September 2015

ASEAN member states (AMS) are confronted by serious environmental problems that threaten to undermine future growth and regional stability. This paper considers four … Read More

Framing the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Post 2015: Quality and Equity Issues in Investing in Basic Education in ASEAN

23 September 2015

Abstract The paper starts with a survey on the role of basic education in society. Basic education promotes social cohesion, cultural appreciation, and civic consciousness, … Read More

Sustainable Development of Natural Gas Market in East Asia Summit Region

23 September 2015

Preface The role of natural gas in energy supply is increasing in the East Asia Summit (EAS) region where energy demands are steadily growing. The … Read More

Energy, Regulation and Governance

Energy Outlook and Energy Saving Potential in East Asia

18 September 2015

Sustained population and economic growth in the East Asia Summit region have significantly increased energy demand. Total final energy consumption is projected to … Read More

Addressing Poverty and Vulnerability in ASEAN: An Analysis of Measures and Implications Going Forward

14 September 2015

Abstract This paper aims to review and analyse the mechanisms through which the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) quantifies progress vis--vis poverty and socio-economic … Read More

Non-tariff Measures and Harmonisation: Issues for the RCEP

10 September 2015

Abstract The upcoming Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a critical element of regional integration in East Asia and the Pacific. While tariffs are already … Read More

Environment, Regulation and Governance

Strengthening Natural Resources Management in ASEAN: National and Regional Imperatives, Targets, and Opportunities

07 September 2015

The ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint adopted in 2009 incorporated 'Ensuring Environmental Sustainability' as one of its six broader characteristics. A mid-term review (MTR) … Read More

Regulation and Governance, Social Protection

Strengthening Regional Cooperation, Coordination, and Response to Health Concerns in the ASEAN Region: Status, Challenges, and Ways Forward

07 September 2015

Health and well-being of the population are a precondition for any successful country or region. All regions have their specific health challenges that … Read More

Environment, Urban Development

Engendering Liveable Low-Carbon Smart Cities in ASEAN as an Inclusive Green Growth Model and Opportunities for Regional Cooperation

01 September 2015

This paper discusses the status, opportunities, and modalities for engendering liveable low-carbon smart cities in ASEAN as an inclusive green growth model and … Read More

Trade

The Use of FTAs in ASEAN: Survey-based Analysis

21 August 2015

The study, entitled 'The Use of FTAs in ASEAN: Survey-based Analysis' is one of the flagship reports of the Economic Research Institute for … Read More

East Asian Integration (First Edition)

21 August 2015

Abstract The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) presents a historic opportunity for East Asia to deepen cooperative commitment to the reforms that are needed to … Read More

Investing in Higher Education, and Its Potential Impact on Research and Development for Technology Upgrading, Innovation, and Competitiveness

04 August 2015

Abstract The aim of this paper is to review the state of higher education development in ASEAN and formulate how research and development should proceed … Read More

Labour and Migration

Evolving Informal Remittance Methods of Myanmar Migrant Workers in Thailand

22 June 2015

We shed light on diverse informal remittance methods of Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand. Based on the questionnaire survey of migrant workers, we … Read More

Macroeconomy, Regulation and Governance, Trade

Monitoring the Implementation of Services Trade Reform towards an ASEAN Economic Community

21 May 2015

Abstract This paper assesses the extent to which the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Framework Agreement on Services (AFAS) is helping ASEAN member states … Read More

AEC Blueprint Implementation Performance and Challenges: Standards and Conformance

18 May 2015

Abstract ASEAN aims to reduce, if not eliminate, technical barriers to trade through standards and conformance (S&C) initiatives towards a highly integrated economy, or the … Read More

FDI Restrictiveness Index for ASEAN: Implementation of AEC Blueprint Measures

18 May 2015

Abstract This paper is an extension of the FDI restrictiveness index created for the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA) in Thangavelu and Lim (2011). It … Read More

International Trade

AEC Blueprint Implementation Performance and Challenges: Trade Facilitation

08 May 2015

As the intra-ASEAN tariffs are virtually eliminated, it is the non-tariff measures and trade costs associated with moving goods and services across border … Read More

AEC Blueprint Implementation Performance and Challenges: Service Liberalization

08 May 2015

Abstract This paper examines the progress of liberalization of the ASEAN Framework Agreement in Services (AFAS). It measures the changes in the rate of liberalization … Read More

AEC Blueprint Implementation Performance and Challenges: Non-Tariff Measures and Non-Tariff Barriers

07 May 2015

Abstract ASEAN has successfully reduced tariffs but not non-tariff measures (NTMs). Efforts to reduce NTMs always hit the debate surrounding justification of application of the … Read More

industry and manufacturing, Agriculture, Regulation and Governance

AEC Blueprint Implementation Performance and Challenges: Investment Liberalization

16 April 2015

Investment liberalization is central for ASEAN to attract greater FDI inflows and intra-region direct investment flows. This paper focuses on measuring and examining … Read More

Low Carbon Green Growth in Asia: What is the Scope for Regional Cooperation?

09 April 2015

Abstract This paper develops a framework to assess the scope of collaboration among countries that are pursuing low-carbon green growth. Much of the policy studies … Read More

Market-Based Mechanisms to Promote Renewable Energy in Asia

09 April 2015

Abstract Market-based instruments such as Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) are increasingly favoured as an alternative to command-and-control legislation to increase the uptake of renewable energy. … Read More

industry and manufacturing

The CLMV Automobile and Auto Parts Industry

26 March 2015

To begin, consider the general economic characteristics of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam, collectively known as the CLMV countries. These countries … Read More

industry and manufacturing, Trade

The Indian Automotive Industry and the ASEAN Supply Chain Relations

26 March 2015

The topic of automotive supply chains has been increasingly studied as it raises questions of economic development, especially from the perspectives of simultaneous … Read More

industry and manufacturing

Current State and Issues of the Automobile and Auto Parts Industries in ASEAN

26 March 2015

This paper provides an overview of the current situation of the automotive industry in ASEAN and certain member states. The current state of … Read More

Innovation, Technology Transfers, Finance, and Internationalization of SMEs' Trade and Investment Policy Best Practices for ASEAN and East Asia

25 March 2015

Abstract The ASEAN Policy Index study revealed that a lot is to be done to towards adopting best practices in each policy area of small … Read More

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