Ideas for Developing Asia and the Pacific

Trinh Q. Long, Project Consultant

Trinh Q. Long

Trinh Q. Long

Trinh Q. Long joined the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) as a project consultant in July 2015.

His current research interests include financial development (including fintech and financial inclusion in Asia), small and medium-sized enterprise development, international trade, structural change, and economic growth. Before joining the ADBI, he had worked as an economist at the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM), Viet Nam’s leading think-tank for more than 10 years. He received his PhD from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo, Japan.

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The number of COVID-19 cases in many Asian developing countries is surprisingly low, but this may simply reflect inadequate levels of testing. The high correlation between rates of testing and per capita GDP strongly suggests that lower-income countries face a number of barriers to carrying out adequate testing.

Financial literacy has gained an important position in the policy agenda of many countries, and the importance of collecting informative, reliable data on the levels of financial literacy across adult populations has been widely recognized (OECD/INFE 2015a).

IThe fiscal burden of public pensions in most emerging Asian economies is relatively small, reflecting relatively young populations and limited coverage of the retired-age population in public pension programs.