AEIR 2021

Optimal Provision of Regional Public Goods in Asia and the Pacific:

Implications for Supporting Sustainable Development


Globalization and the increased flows of goods, services, and factors of production across borders brought new challenges such as dealing with cross-border infrastructure, clean energy, environment, natural disaster response, and communicable diseases in Asia and the Pacific. Tackling these cross-border challenges through promoting regional public goods (RPGs), the region would likely benefit further from deepening regional cooperation and integration.

The concept of RPGs draws on the rationale that regional economies share common challenges for development, which can be addressed more effectively and efficiently at a regional level through collective action and cooperation. For example, regionally shared infrastructure, power, water, and health care are essential to take on development challenges, but may not be adequately provided by national governments, given the nature of substantial cross-border externalities.

The role of RPGs is also crucial in achieving sustainable and inclusive growth because of its non-excludable and non-rivalrous properties. RPGs generate economies of scale and have the potential to benefit economies involved with increased trade or investment as well as stable financial flows. Well-established RPGs can help attract private and public investment to the region as a whole.

Amid the increasing importance of RPGs, there is growing demand for comprehensive studies on RPG provision and institutional arrangements that can be delivered in the region. The workshop will help gather ideas and directions on RPG research for leading academics, policymakers, and international organizations to broadly discuss theories, practice, their related issues and policy implications, including political economy, of RPGs provision.

Event details

Date/Venue:

14–15 December 2017
Asian Development Bank Headquarters,
6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City, 1550, Philippines

Contacts:

  • Kijin Kim
    Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department,
    Asian Development Bank

    Email: kijinkim@adb.org
  • Maria Criselda Aherrera
    Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department,
    Asian Development Bank

    Email: mcaherrera@adb.org
  • Paulo Rodelio Halili
    Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department,
    Asian Development Bank

    Email: phalili@adb.org

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Inception Workshop
Internal Seminar

Program and Agenda



Thursday 14 December 2017

Inception Workshop on Asian Economic Integration Report (AEIR) 2018 Theme Chapter
“OPTIMAL PROVISION OF REGIONAL PUBLIC GOODS IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC”



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Welcome / Keynote

8:30A.M.–9:00A.M.
Registration:
9:00A.M.–9:05A.M.
Opening Remarks:
Bambang Susantono Vice President (Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development), ADB
9:05A.M.–9:25A.M.
Keynote Presentation: Field experimental approach on voluntary public goods contribution
Yasuyuki Sawada Chief Economist, ERCD, ADB
9:25A.M.–9:30A.M.
Coffee Break


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Concept, Theory and Framework of Regional Public Goods

9:30A.M.–10:45A.M.
Chair:
Cyn-Young Park Director, ERCD, ADB

Presenters:

Overview of ADB’s study on RPG
Junkyu Lee Economist, ERCD, ADB
Kijin Kim Economist, ERCD, ADB

Conceptual framework on RPG
Gustav Fredriksson Research Assistant, Bruegel

Open discussion with a leading discussant:

Abdul Abiad Economic Advisor, ERCD, ADB


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Benefits and Costs of RPGs: Evidence and Implications

10:45A.M.–12:00P.M.
Chair:
Arjun Goswami Chief, RCI-TG, ERCD, ADB

Presenters:

Lessons from Latin America
Joaquim Tres Integration & Trade Principal Specialist, IDB

Benefit valuation for regional projects and RPGs
John Weiss Professor of Development Economics, University of Bradford

Open discussion with a leading discussant:

Juzhong Zhuang Deputy Chief Economist, ERCD, ADB
12:00P.M.–1:30P.M.
Lunch


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Issues and Challenges in Optimal Provision of RPGs

1:30P.M.–1:50P.M.
Char:
Alfredo Perdiguero Director, SERC, ADB

Keynote Presentation:
Lessons for Asia from Europe RPG case
Guntram Wolff Director, Bruegel
1:50P.M.–3:05P.M.
Presenters:

Towards inclusive growth through technology and innovation: the role of RPGs
Bo Zhao Economist, ERCD, ADB
Peter Rosenkranz Economist, ERCD, ADB
Kijin Kim Economist, ERCD, ADB
Junkyu Lee Economist, ERCD, ADB

The role of regional human resource development in the era of demographic change
Aiko Takenaka Economist, ERCD, ADB

Open discussion with a leading discussant:
Joaquim Tres Integration & Trade Principal Specialist, IDB
3:05P.M.–3:20P.M.
Coffee/Tea Break


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Wrap-up and Next Step

3:20P.M.–4:10P.M.
Chair:
Juzhong Zhuang Deputy Chief Economist, ERCD, ADB

Panel Discussion:

Joaquim Tres Integration & Trade Principal Specialist, IDB
John Weiss Professor of Development Economics, University of Bradford
Gustav Fredriksson Research Assistant, Bruegel
Guntram Wolff Director, Bruegel
Safdar Parvez Director, CWRD, ADB


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4:10P.M.–4:15P.M.
Closing Remarks
Juzhong Zhuang Deputy Chief Economist, ERCD, ADB



Friday, 15 December 2017

ERCI/ERCD Internal Seminars on Asian Economic Integration Report (AEIR) 2018 Theme Chapter
“OPTIMAL PROVISION OF REGIONAL PUBLIC GOODS IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC”



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Registration / Opening Remarks

9:00A.M.–9:25A.M.
Registration
9:25A.M.–9:30A.M.
Opening Remarks
Junkyu Lee Economist, ERCD, ADB


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Benefits, Costs, and Evaluation of RPGs

09:30A.M.–10:45A.M.
Chair:
Junkyu Lee Economist, ERCD, ADB

Papers:

Paper 1: A concept note on RPGs in Asia and the Pacific and their link with SDGs
Madita Weise Global Public Goods and International Financial Institutions, GIZ

Paper 2: Economic evaluation of transportation projects: An application of Financial Computable General Equilibrium model
Euijune Kim Seoul National University

Open discussion

10:45A.M.–11:00A.M.
Coffee/Tea Break


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Public/Private Assistance, PPP and RPG

11:00A.M.–12:15P.M.
Chair:
James Villafuerte Economist, ERCD, ADB

Papers:

Paper 3: A concept note on Public-Private Partnership, Industrial Cooperation and Integration, Regional Public Goods Provision
Xiaoming Huang Professor, Victoria University of Wellington

Paper 4: International Aid from the Recipient Perspective: Public or Private Good Input Assistance?
Tatsuyoshi Miyakoshi Hosei University, Tokyo

Open discussion

12:15P.M.–1:45P.M.
Lunch


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National, Regional, and International Cooperation in Provision of RPGs

1:45P.M.–3:00P.M.
Chair:
Cyn-Young Park Director, ERCD, ADB

Papers:

Paper 5: International Cooperation and the Blue Economy
Charles Irvin Siriban University of Melbourne

Paper 6: When are Governments Likely to Contribute to RPGs and How Can External Agents Promote this?
Stuti Rawat National University of Singapore

Open discussion

3:00P.M.–3:15P.M.
Coffee Break


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AEIR Team Discussion

3:15P.M.–5:00 P.M.
Open Discussion