The ADB Economics Working Paper Series is a forum for stimulating discussion and eliciting feedback on ongoing and recently completed research and policy studies undertaken by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) staff, consultants, or resource persons. The series deals with key economic and development problems, particularly those facing the Asia and Pacific region; as well as conceptual, analytical, or methodological issues relating to project/program economic analysis, and statistical data and measurement. The series aims to enhance the knowledge on Asia's development and policy challenges; strengthen analytical rigor and quality of ADB's country partnership strategies, and its subregional and country operations; and improve the quality and availability of statistical data and development indicators for monitoring development effectiveness.
The Service Sector in India
This paper analyses the service sector in India and finds that with the right policy initiatives, the service sector can contribute to inclusive growth and that India can develop as a knowledge hub.
The Service Sector in Lower-Income Asian Economies
This paper reviews the main barriers to growth of the service sectors in six lower-income countries spread across different subregions of developing Asia. It also reviews policy options that can contribute towards the inclusive growth of these countries.
Sovereign Risk, Elections, and Contagion
This paper examines the political risk effect and its different economic implications in normal and crisis situations through the proxy analysis of election and the sovereign bond spreads.
On the Determinants of Scholastic Performance in Five Asian Countries
This paper takes an efficiency analysis perspective to analyze, on the basis of the data of the 2009 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) survey, the determinants of scholastic performance in five Asian countries (Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Thailand).