Ideas for Developing Asia and the Pacific

Call for Research Papers on Striving for Inclusive Economic Growth in Asia and the Pacific


Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University (ANU)

Inclusive economic growth necessitates that equity considerations are afforded the same importance as growth itself. There must even be a proactive effort from policy makers to enact policies that increase economic inclusion. In Asia and the Pacific, recent analyses suggest that despite solid economic growth, inequality has not fallen—instead, it may have increased. There is evidence that although poverty has fallen along with economic growth, parts of society enjoy a smaller piece of the larger pie. With economies recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, efforts to make economic growth more inclusive should be placed back at the forefront. Policy makers need fresh policy ideas grounded in rigorous evidence.

ADBI, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University (ANU), are co-organizing a conference on inclusive economic growth in Asia and the Pacific. The conference will be held to commemorate Peter McCawley, a former ADB Executive Director, ADBI Dean, and ANU faculty member who passed away in 2023. Inclusive economic growth lies at the center of his research. He has also published widely on Indonesia, regional development banks, and infrastructure. It is expected that the conference will be held in June or July 2024 at ADB Headquarters in Manila.

Scope of the Call

The conference will examine two aspects of inclusive economic growth: (i) analysis of factors that influence inclusive economic growth and (ii) evaluation of government policies targeted at making economic growth more inclusive.

We invite applied economists to submit their research papers to be considered for presentation at the conference. The submission should address one of the two aspects described above and focus on one of the following topics:

  • Infrastructure
  • Tax and transfer systems, including social protection policy
  • Competition policy
  • State-owned enterprises
  • Entrepreneurship, especially among micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises
  • Financial inclusion
  • Rural development
  • Environmental management

Comparative and country-specific analyses are both welcomed. Purely theoretical or conceptual submissions are not welcome. Analyses should be data-driven and use appropriate research methods. Research methods should rigorously address causality where relevant. Women researchers and researchers based in the region’s developing economies more generally are particularly encouraged to participate.

Submission Procedure

Authors should submit an extended abstract no longer than 750 words in English by 17:00 Tokyo time on 31 January 2024 via this link. Notification of acceptance will be made by March 2024.

Only original, unpublished papers will be considered.

Arrangements for Selected Papers

Up to 10 papers will be selected. The lead researcher or their affiliated institution will be contracted by ADBI as a consultant or research services provider. The lead researcher must be a citizen of an ADB member economy

An honorarium of $1,000 will be paid to the corresponding author upon approval of all deliverables.

  1. Submission of a draft full manuscript of no more than 10,000 words, excluding annexes, by 31 May 2024.
  2. Presentation of the research findings at the conference in Manila in July 2024. The costs associated with attending the conference will be borne by ADBI.
  3. Submission of a revised final manuscript based on feedback received during the conference and from reviewers by September 2024.

Assessment Criteria

Submissions will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Scientific contribution
  • Methodology
  • Policy relevance
  • Track record of the lead researcher

Selection Committee

  • Hal Hill (ANU)
  • Dil Rahut (ADBI)
  • Budy Resosudarmo (ANU)
  • Daniel Suryadarma (ADBI)


Inquiries may be directed to Daniel Suryadarma