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ADBI Research Past Topics

  • ASEAN 2030: Toward a Borderless Economic Community

    This study analyzed aspirations and challenges for ASEAN as the region moves along the next two decades of development. It defines the vision of a "RICH" ASEAN―a resilient, inclusive, competitive, and harmonious region—by 2030. More

  • ASEAN, PRC, and India: The Great Transformation

    This study examined the growth and development of the economies of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the PRC, and India (collectively referred to as ACI). It also explored the links among these economies and how these may shape regional and global competition and cooperation. More

  • Central Asia in Global and Regional Integration

    This study analyzed the economic performance of Central Asian republics, the role of factor movements and institutions, and the potential way forward to help improve connectivity between Central Asia and major economic centers in the next decade. More

  • Connecting South Asia and Southeast Asia

    Closer cooperation and integration between South Asia and Southeast Asia can benefit the development of both regions, in particular through connections in transport and energy, trade facilitation and finance, and public policies supporting this process. Research in this area focused on infrastructure, economic cooperation, and regional cooperation initiatives. More

  • Disaster Risk Management in Asia and the Pacific

    This study examined how the region can cooperate to improve disaster risk management by adopting more effective pre-emptive strategies to minimize disaster impacts, strengthening the infrastructure for disaster response, improving the effectiveness of disaster reconstruction, and developing new financial instruments and institutions to help cover the costs of such activities. More

  • Emerging Asia and Emerging Europe

    This study focused on issues pertaining to the expansion of economic relations between Asia and Europe—two of the world’s pivotal economic regions—that can lead to mutually beneficial economic development. It also explored policy options to promote closer economic ties between Asia and Europe in the future. More

  • Pacific Economies: Leveraging the Benefits of Asia's Growth and Integration

    Asia’s dynamic growth holds great lessons for the developing countries in the Pacific and potential for cooperation between the two regions. Research in this area analyzed economic linkages in trade and investment, new economic opportunities, and key impediments in regional infrastructure, labor markets, and institutions. More

  • Renminbi Internationalization: Achievements, Prospects, and Challenges

    This study aimed to provide a broad and comprehensive examination of the implications for Asia of the internationalization of the renminbi—the currency of the People’s Republic of China. It examined the extent and pace of renminbi internationalization and the prospects for the renminbi based on the experiences of other important international currencies. More

  • The Digital Economy and New Trade Tools

    The emergence of a new trade space has tremendous implications for commercial exchange. This project brings together a number of different areas of research, including digital finance, e-commerce, big data, and blockchain, to systematically examine how trade happens in the digital space and its development implications. More

  • The Future of the World Trading System: Asian Perspectives

    This study provided a broad and comprehensive examination of key changes in the world trading system and their implications for Asia. It included patterns and drivers of production networks, reforms of World Trade Organization rules and processes, the spread of free trade agreements, and the economic effects of new forms of commercial and industrial policies. More

  • Trade Finance Gaps

    Why don’t small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) trade more? One reason is trade finance. Its critical role as a facilitator of international trade became prominent during the global financial crisis of 2008/09. At that point, there was little data on gaps and the relationship with trade. Today we know much more, but the development impact of persistent shortfalls among certain countries and client segments is just now being felt. This project seeks to identify and quantify the transmission channels between trade finance and economic development. It also seeks to provide more solid empirical evidence about emerging solutions. More