Inaugural ADBI Series Book Assesses COVID-19 Economic Recovery Next Steps

ADBI News Release | 13 October 2021

Tokyo, Japan – The newly published inaugural book in the ADBI Series on Asian and Pacific Sustainable Development provides crucial insights into the economic effects and policy implications of the COVID-19 pandemic in the region.

Coedited by ADBI’s John Beirne, Peter Morgan, and Dean Tetsushi Sonobe, COVID-19 Impacts and Policy Options: An Asian Perspective describes the macroeconomic impacts and disproportionately negative economic effects of the pandemic on the region’s low-income households and micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises, particularly in less-developed and vulnerable countries.

It also examines COVID-19’s implications for longer-term structural changes in the region’s economy, including accelerating digitalization and the effects of automation on the labor market. It concludes with a focus on key post-pandemic recovery needs in Asia and the Pacific, including promoting green investment and bolstering commitments to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

COVID-19 Impacts and Policy Options: An Asian Perspective is an invaluable source of timely, evidence-based research and analysis for policy makers, scholars, and others interested in the region’s post-COVID-19 recovery imperatives and policy next steps.

Launch Webinar: COVID-19 Impacts and Policy Options: An Asian Perspective
14 October 2021, 10:00-11:00am Tokyo time

The launch webinar will highlight key takeaways from COVID-19 Impacts and Policy Options: An Asian Perspective, to be discussed by the co-editors and a panel of contributors to the book. It will be followed by an audience question and answer session.

Speakers

  • Tetsushi Sonobe, Dean, Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI); Coeditor, ADBI Series on Asian and Pacific Sustainable Development (ADBI Series)
     
  • Rohini Pande, Professor of Economics and Director, Economic Growth Center, Yale University; Coeditor, ADBI Series
     
  • John Beirne, Research Fellow, ADBI
     
  • Hanming Fang, Professor of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Dean, School of Entrepreneurship and Management, ShanghaiTech University
     
  • Yasuyuki Sawada, Professor of Economics, University of Tokyo
     
  • Sweta Saxena, Chief, Macroeconomic Policy and Analysis, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
     
  • Peter Morgan, Senior Consulting Economist, Vice Chair of Research, ADBI