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Data Updates

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Oct
2017
Money and Finance sector
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Oct
2017
External sector
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Oct
2017
Real sector
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Jun
2017
FTA
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Aug
2015
Trade
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Aug
2015
Labor
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Aug
2015
FDI

Publications

The Era of Financial Interconnectedness: How Can Asia Strengthen Financial Resilience?
October 2017
What Drives Foreign Direct Investment in Asia and the Pacific?
December 2016
How Can Special Economic Zones Catalyze Economic Development?
December 2015
1992–2016

Seizing the opportunity to prolong Asia’s trade growth momentum
13
Nov
2017

Seizing the opportunity to prolong Asia’s trade growth momentum

The global trade slowdown of 2015-2016 had several causes. The first and main one is the weak global economic recovery. Yes, the global economy has been in an expansion phase. And yes, we are seeing sustained and synchronized global economic growth both in rich and emerging economies.

Regional Public Goods: A breath of fresh air
25
Jul
2017

Regional Public Goods: A breath of fresh air

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Hold your breath for the bad news: air pollution imperils Asia and the Pacific. Rapid carbon-intensive growth puts the region in a precarious position, where 4 of the 10 biggest polluters and 5 of the 10 most vulnerable countries to climate change reside together. The biggest polluters also happen to be the most productive in the region.

What we learned about foreign direct investment in Asia (Part I)
15
May
2017

What we learned about foreign direct investment in Asia (Part I)

The policy regime as reflected by the business environment appears to help attract FDI, particularly greenfield investments, especially for economies with low scores for governance. This does not mean, however, that improving the business environment can substitute for governance reforms.

Benefits of good governance outweigh the costs
26
Apr
2017

Benefits of good governance outweigh the costs

Good governance is too broad a concept to be covered under a single political system in any country. But the crucial factor underpinning effective governance is where the decision-making authority lies, and how it is exercised. Authority should be accompanied by accountability and responsibility, without which good governance cannot be enshrined into any system.

Revisiting FDI and the international trade nexus
12
Apr
2017

Revisiting FDI and the international trade nexus

Recent improvement in global economic outlook, largely due to better growth prospects in major economies and increase in trade flows, can be a boon for FDI. But as some countries pursue more inward looking economic policies, how would this bear on the link between international trade and investment?

The resurgence of bilateralism and Asia’s evolving FTA landscape
15
Feb
2017

The resurgence of bilateralism and Asia’s evolving FTA landscape

Against the backdrop of rising bilateralism in the West, where does Asia stand? Is the region moving towards the same direction or is it charting its own unique course? Understanding the evolution of Asia’s FTA landscape holds the key to these questions.