AEIR 2017

Jong Woo Kang

Principal Economist, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB

Previous Posts:

Asian Development Bank
Senior Advisor to the Managing Director General
May 2011–December 2014

Ministry of Finance, Korea
Director, Senior Deputy Director, Deputy Director
Apr 1993–Dec 2006

Education:

University of Washington
Degree Name Ph D Economics Field Of Study international trade Grade PhD
Dissertation published in Journal of Development Economics in 2005

Seoul National University
Degree Name MA and BS Field Of Study Economics

Jong Woo is a seasoned economist with extensive knowledge and experience on policy and strategic issues. He leads the publication of Asian Economic Integration Report. Jong Woo’s areas of research interest include regional integration, inclusive growth, macroeconomic and trade policies, and aid effectiveness.




Blog articles:

  • How can the TPP without the US still make sense?
    12
    Dec
    2017
    How can the TPP without the US still make sense?

    Jong Woo Kang, ARIC's Project Leader and ADB's Principal Economist, explains why the remaining 11 countries still have good reason to maintain the #TPP momentum.

  • 3 ways Asian economies can prepare for a financial market downturn
    23
    Nov
    2017
    3 ways Asian economies can prepare for a financial market downturn

    On the one hand, the global economy is enjoying a robust and synchronized recovery. On the other hand, however, central banks are maintaining an extremely cautious stance on acting on this and switching gears back to the normal policy level.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • What type of protectionism should we fear?
    30
    Jan
    2017
    What type of protectionism should we fear?

    US President Donald Trump recently signed executive orders to withdraw the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Both moves suggest his pre-election rhetoric of criticizing the current international trade regime is being translated into concrete action.

  • What did we learn from the US election on globalization, trade?
    14
    Nov
    2016
    What did we learn from the US election on globalization, trade?

    The outcome of the US presidential election on 9 November was historic in that it provides a yardstick against which to assess where popular sentiment is heading on important issues such as globalization, inequality, and international trade.

  • Developing countries should not worry yet about Wall Street bashing
    28
    Mar
    2016
    Developing countries should not worry yet about Wall Street bashing

    Wall Street bashing is always in vogue during election time, as we are observing in the run-up to the US presidential election. Is this because financiers and bankers deserve punishment for their greedy and reckless behavior that adds no value to the economy? Or are they simply political footballs?

  • Time to go back to the basics to benefit more from trade
    2
    Mar
    2016
    Time to go back to the basics to benefit more from trade

    So what drives this new trend? ADB’s recent Asian Economic Integration Report 2015 highlights cyclical factors such as weak global demand, as well as potential structural factors like slower expansion of global value chains, and growth moderation and structural transformation in the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

  • Will Kaesong shutdown mark the end of a unique SEZ experiment?
    23
    Feb
    2016
    Will Kaesong shutdown mark the end of a unique SEZ experiment?

    The decision of the Republic of Korea to shut down the Kaesong Industrial Complex on 10 February in the wake of North Korea’s nuclear test and subsequent long-range missile test rattled the Republic of Korea’s stock market.




Related Media:

Asian Economic Integration Report 2016 Launch - Almaty, Kazakhstan
9 Dec 2016
ERCD presented the AEIR 2016 in an event co-organized with KARM and IWEP on 9 December in Almaty. ERCI's Jong Woo Kang and Fahad Khan presented the report's findings to over 50 participants from government agencies, research institutes, and private sector.


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