Winners of the 2022 ADB–IEA Innovative Policy Research Award

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and International Economic Association (IEA) are pleased to invite papers for the 2022 ADB-IEA Innovative Policy Research Award.

The ADB-IEA Innovative Policy Research Award aims to promote the application of innovative empirical research in economics to support evidence-based policies in addressing key development challenges in Asia and the Pacific.

There is no restriction on topics or themes. ADB’s current operational priorities include (i) tackling climate change as the region is currently producing a half of the global greenhouse gas emission, (ii) addressing inequality due to digital divide following rapid digitalization in many countries in the region, (iii) enhancing regional cooperation to facilitate faster recovery of trade and investment in the region, and (iv) increasing fiscal and economic resilience post pandemic.


The award will be given to the three best papers. Each award-winning paper will receive a $7,000 grant financed by ADB. If the winning paper has co-authors, the award will be shared equally among co-authors.

The top three papers will be presented at the ADB-IEA award session of the 2022 ADB Annual Meeting. ADB will also facilitate the presentation of the award-winning papers at ADB’s Asia Thought Leader Series. ADB intends to apply the ideas generated by the award-winning paper to its operations and policy advice.


Submissions should meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • The paper must be an original research work in economics that provides evidence for better solutions/policies to address a key development challenge in Asia and the Pacific;
  • The paper has been or has potential to be considered for publication in a peer-reviewed journal;
  • Researcher is willing to work with policymakers in an ADB developing member to test and develop the research into policy solutions;
  • Researchers from any country may apply, but the policy solutions must be relevant for an ADB developing member country; and
  • We especially encourage young and female scholars and researchers from universities, think-tanks, and academic institutions to apply.

Selection criteria

  • Relevance of the problem to current regional issues/challenges (25%)
  • Quality of methodology and analysis (25%)
  • Structure and presentation (25%)
  • Operational applicability (25%)

Selection committee

  • Mr. Dani Rodrik, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and the President of the IEA
  • Mr. Kaushik Basu, Carl Marks Professor of International Studies, Department of Economics, Cornell University
  • Mr. Muhamad Chatib Basri, Department of Economics, University of Indonesia
  • Ms. Ayako Inagaki, Director of Human and Social Development Division, Southeast Asia Department, ADB
  • Mr. Albert F. Park, Chief Economist, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB

Submission due date

Submissions are due no later than 31 December 2021. We anticipate completing selection of the award-winning papers by the end of February 2022. The winning papers will be announced around early March 2022.

Submission process

Submissions should include the full paper, including the title, abstract of 100 words or less, JEL codes, and full names of authors. Submit paper.

Event organizers / partners

  • ADB
  • International Economic Association

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