Fifth Seminar on Asia and the Pacific Economies | Asian Development Bank

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Fifth Seminar on Asia and the Pacific Economies

Event | 12 - 13 May 2017 Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, PRC


Financial inclusion is becoming mainstreamed in policies for inclusive and sustainable growth in emerging economies. Deepening financial markets and expanding financial access requires concomitant development and extensions of financial regulation to ensure financial stability and protection of financial service users.

Infrastructure investment is another crucial aspect of inclusive and sustainable economic development in Asian emerging economies. Poor roads, railways, and utility systems not only reduce the quality of life for billions of people, but also makes firms less competitive by increasing transaction costs and lowering productivity. Indeed, the literature broadly agrees that infrastructure matters for growth and productivity.


To disseminate research by ADBI staff and others, and to organize discussion platforms on financial inclusion and infrastructure development relevant to identifying policies that support inclusive and sustainable growth in the region. In particular, the session will cover:

  • Housing market and government regulation: evidence from the People’s Republic of China's (PRC) home purchase restriction policy;
  • Mortgage lending, financial stability, and banking crises in Asia;
  • Financial inclusion or exclusion? Investigating mission drift in microfinance;
  • Has financial inclusion contributed to poverty reduction in India? Empirical analysis using state and bank group-wise panel data;
  • Transport infrastructure, city productivity growth and sectoral reallocation: evidence from the PRC;
  • Infrastructure, urbanization, and demand for bank and non-bank loans of Chinese households; and
  • The matching degree between financial structure and technical level and economic development.


About 20 participants.


  • Seven presentations
  • Lively discussion
  • Dissemination of the work of ADBI staff, academics, and others

How to register

By invitation only.




Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)

Time of event

9:00 - 17:15