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Deep Economic Integration and State Capacity: A Mechanism for Avoiding the Middle-Income Trap?
Exiting the middle-income trap requires costly improvements in state capacity. Can deep economic integration increase state capacity and, if so, how?
Asian Economic Integration Report 2017
Asia and the Pacific is leading a recovery in world trade amid the continued uncertainty surrounding the global trade policy environment.
Asia-Pacific Regional Integration Index: Construction, Interpretation, and Comparison
The study develops an index to measure the degree of regional integration in Asia and the Pacific (48 economies in six subregions).
Asian Economic Integration Report 2016
With the continued anemic global economic recovery, trade growth in Asia and the Pacific decelerated in 2015, falling further behind growth in gross domestic product.
A Comparative Infrastructure Development Assessment of the Republic of Korea and Kingdom of Thailand
In the Republic of Korea and Thailand, as in other countries of the region, development is best assisted by infrastructure investment that follows an integrated plan at the national level, supported by long-term sector master plans.
The Information Technology and Business Process Outsourcing Industry: Diversity and Challenges in Asia
This paper examines who and why some Asian countries have been more successful than others in developing information technology-business process outsourcing services industries.
Examining the Determinants of Food Prices in Developing Asia
This paper studies the factors that determine food prices, specifically focusing on the transmission of external shocks to domestic prices. It examines the sources of food price fluctuations in 11 developing Asian countries.
Rice Trade and Price Volatility: Implications on ASEAN and Global Food Security
Focusing on Southeast Asia—home to the world’s largest rice exporters and importers—this paper examines trends in rice price and trade to determine whether trade causes volatility or the other way around.
Food Security in Asia and the Pacific
The report synthesizes and collates the primary findings on food security issues in Asia and the Pacific to articulate key policy challenges and opportunities.
Myanmar in Transition: Opportunities and Challenges
Emerging from five decades of economic and political isolation, Myanmar today shows good potential for inclusive growth.