Asian Development Review: Volume 37, Number 2

Publication | September 2020

This issue includes a guide to the ADB COVID-19 Policy Database and articles on trade, manufacturing, human capital, and education in Asia and the Pacific.

It covers topics that include reducing arsenic poisoning, borrowing versus saving among migrant workers, the role of knowledge transfers in promoting balanced growth, and trade volatility.


This paper explains the key concepts that underlie the taxonomy used to construct the ADB COVID-19 Policy Database, which displays the measures taken and monetary amounts announced or estimated by the 68 members of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), two institutions, and nine other economies to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

This paper analyzes the behavioral, economic, and institutional challenges of implementing arsenic mitigation interventions and identifies solutions that appear most promising according to the evidence base.

This paper demonstrates that the largest business association of private firms in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC), has induced its members to help achieve the goals of the PRC’s Belt and Road Initiative since its inauguration in 2013.

This paper finds that Filipino domestic workers appear to routinely finance their investments through loans rather than savings.

This paper examines the impacts of a newly developed English-language learning program based on a randomized experiment on 322 Japanese high school students.

This paper uses data from both formal and informal firms to study distortions in input and output markets as sources of misallocation in the Indian manufacturing sector.

This paper investigates trade volatility in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Plus Three (ASEAN+3) and its links with output volatility, export diversification, and free trade agreements.

This paper uses historical fluctuations of weather variables within counties in the People’s Republic of China to identify their effects on economic growth from 1996 to 2012.

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This paper focuses on an underlying aspect of human capital as engine of growth—the role of knowledge transfers—which has received only modest attention in the literature so far.

Additional Details

  • Economics
  • Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Health
  • Emerging diseases
  • COVID-19
  • Industry and trade
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Poverty
  • Social development and protection
  • Social protection - labor and employment
  • Statistics
  • 272
  • 8.5 x 11
  • JRN200232-2
  • 0116-1105 (print)
  • 1996-7241 (electronic)

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