Ideas for Developing Asia and the Pacific

Call for Papers: Trade in the Digital Economy


Trade in the Digital Economy
Bangkok, Thailand
28-29 November 2016

The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), in collaboration with UNCTAD and UNESCAP, invites submissions of unpublished papers on how the digitization of products and processes is impacting the trade-development relationship.

The digital economy and the digitization of trade processing has tremendous implications for commercial exchange. Countries are less constrained than ever before by traditional factor endowments and technological capacity. But what does digitization mean for economic development, and how does digitization of products and processes change our existing understanding of the links between trade and development?

Topics could include, but are not restricted to:

  • Impacts of disruptions in trade processing (fintech, single window)
  • Impacts of the digitization of production
  • Regulatory considerations
  • Traditional vs new economic actors (WTO, banks)
  • E-commerce and under-represented trade segments (eg. women, SMEs)
  • New technologies (blockchain, Legal Entity Identifiers)
  • Digital divide
  • TPP and other regional regulations

We encourage contributions on Asia and the Pacific, either as a region or studies of individual economies or sub-regions. Submissions should be data-driven. Both applied economic research and policy oriented papers are welcome.

ADBI will cover registration, flight, and hotel costs of one author per paper. Presenters must be from ADB member countries. Accepted papers will be considered for publication as ADBI Working Papers and selected papers from the workshop as part of an edited book volume or in special issue of a leading academic journal.

Important dates:

  • Initial submission (long abstract or paper draft): 10 October 2016
  • Notification by: 15 October 2016
  • Paper draft: 20 November 2016
  • Final paper: 31 January 2017

Submissions should be emailed to: Alisa DiCaprio, research fellow, [email protected]. Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo, Japan.

In addition to the submission of a full paper (preferred) or extended abstract, please provide an abstract of 200 words, a minimum of 3 keywords, affiliation and e-mail address details on the cover page.