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A Case for Emerging Mega Economies Rathin Roy, Director, National Institute for Public Finance Policy 2014 Fiscal Policy, Inclusive Growth, Fiscal Space The paper will analyze emerging economies India, China, Indonesia, Brazil and Turkey, to: a) identify role of fiscal policy in securing inclusive growth, and b) assess the extent to which stability policies deployed during and after the 2008 crisis minimized the impact of the crisis on the inclusive growth objectives. India
Alternative Measure of Poverty in Indonesia Carunia Mulya Hamid Firdausy, Director, National Research Centre for Economics, LIPI 2014 Poverty The official absolute poverty line in Indonesia has been criticized in recent years, mainly due to the much higher proportion of people who claimed to be poor than the government’s estimated statistical number. Thus, the study will examine alternative ways or methods to measure the incidence of poverty in Indonesia. Indonesia
Creating Jobs in India’s Organised Manufacturing Sector Radhicka Kapoor, Consultant, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations 2014 Innovation, Employment, Manufacturing Sector, Productivity Over the last three decades, the services sector rather than the manufacturing sector has contributed to India’s high GDP growth. The research paper aims to identify the appropriate policy responses to achieve India’s objective of creating productive employment in the manufacturing sector in the 21st century. India
Economic Structure and Regional Institutions: A Political Economic Analysis of TPP and RECP Xiaoming Huang, Professor and Director, New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre 2014 Innovation, economic structure, development, economic structure, regional institutions The paper will investigate East Asian economic finterests and relations and how they shape regional economic structure and institutions. The aim is to better understand the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, its implications and impacts on economic growth and development in the future. Regional
Effective Social Protection for a Transforming Economy and Society of Uzbekistan Kamila Mukhamedkhanova, Researcher, Center for Economic Research 2014 social protection, transformation The research will develop recommendations to improve the model of social protection in line with and to provide incentives for acceleration of transformation processes in the economy, society and institutions in the long-term perspective. Uzbekistan
Enjoying the Fruits of their Labor: Redirecting Exports to Asian Consumers Willem Thorbecke, Senior Fellow, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry 2014 Production networks; Gravity models; Consumption The paper will investigate whether Asian countries are importing fewer final consumption goods than is expected. The research will use the gravity model to estimate bilateral trade flows. Traditional gravity models posit that bilateral trade is directly proportional to GDP and inversely proportional to the distance between the two countries. Regional
An Exploratory Cross-Country Analysis of the Relationship between Entrepreneurial Propensity and Income Inequality Poh Kam Wong, Director, NUS Entrepreneurship Centre and Professor, NUS Business School 2014 Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Propensity, New Firm Entry, Income, Inequality, Income Distribution, Developing Economies This study, combining Kirznerian and Schumpeterian views of entrepreneurship, illustrates the opposing income-distributive effects of new firm entry. It found income inequality (measured by Gini coefficient) to increase with the rate of new firm entry, the effect being mitigated by rising national income. Policy implications for developing economies are discussed. Singapore
Industrial policies to escape from the middle income trap: cases of Uruguay and Malaysia Alibek Konkakov, Analyst, Economic Research Institute 2014 Middle-income-trap, innovation The study will provide comparative analysis of innovation and industrial policies in Uruguay and Malaysia to fragmentise the elements of successful policies against the middle-income trap phenomenon. The paper is expected to provide policy recommendations on selecting the right policies to escape from middle income trap. Malaysia
Opportunities and Challenges of Lao PDR’s Integration into ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by and after 2015 Leeber Leebouapao, Director General, National Economic Research Institute 2014 Processing trade, Employment The questions to be addressed are: how much of non-agriculture jobs are created by processing trade? What are the impacts of processing trade on labor? What are the labor-related problems in processing trade? Analysis will be based on statistics, questionnaires and field investigations. Lao PDR
Does Innovation Mediate Good Firm Performance? Gilberto Llanto, President, Philippine Institute of Development Studies 2014 Innovation, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), firm performance The paper examines the relationship between firms’ innovations and performance. Using data from a 2014 Metro Manila survey, the study classifies firms in to large, small and medium and micro-enterprises and determines the factors that lead firms to innovate and show the impact of innovations on firm performance. Philippines
Malaysia's Structural Impediment in Pursuit to High-Income Status: Decomposition Analysis of Output Growth, 1991-2005 Zakariah Bin Abdul Rashid, Executive Director, Malaysian Institute for Economic Research 2014 Economic Transformation Program (ETP), New Economic Model (NEM), Growth Malaysia aspires to be a developed country in 2020. Given uncertainty in the external environment and present technological structure, the aspiration offers a great challenge. The economy has to transform structurally and technologically apart from a massive investment plan, drafted by planners formally known as the Economic Transformation Program. Malaysia
Social Protection For Small-Scale Agriculture – Evidences from Viet Nam Tran Kim Chung, Vice President, Central Institute for Economic Management 2014 Poverty, social protection, agriculture The objective is to assesss the potential contribution of addressing vulnerability and/or poverty in the agriculture sector of Viet Nam. Community-based evidence on social protection system in agriculture to help the national governments in strengthening the existing social protection measures and fill implementation gaps will be provided. Viet Nam
The Impact of Remittance on Poverty and Inequality: Evidence Using Data on Labour Migration in Nepal Ram Chandra Dhakal, Executive Director, Centre for Economic Development and Administration, Tribhuvan University 2014 consumption function, labor migration, remittance, poverty and inequality The paper will examine capital accumulation, spending pattern, and the correlation between remittance and other factors. It will look into the positive and negative impacts of remittance on poverty and inequality based on the nature of internal and external migration process, among others. Nepal
The Rural Non-farm Economy, Livelihood Strategies and Household Welfare in Rural Pakistan Shujaat Farooq, Researcher Economist, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics 2014 farm economy, livelihood strategies, Poverty, rural non-farm economy, Household Welfare The study will analyze the diversification of resources on household welfare to highlight key issues and importance of rural non-farm economy and rural development in Pakistan. The analysis on the performance of rural non-farm economy will help policy and decision makers to improve rural non-farm economy and rural development. Pakistan