Economics Working Papers
The Economics Working Papers series is a forum for stimulating discussion on research and policy studies that deal with economic and development problems facing the Asia and Pacific region.
Economic Implications of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership for Asia and the Pacific
This paper evaluates the impact of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) on global and regional incomes, trade, economic structure, factor returns, and employment.
Estimating Fiscal Multipliers in Selected Asian Economies
This paper estimates the effects of fiscal measures on output using 2000–2019 data from nine developing Asian economies.
Evaluating the Impact of Remittances on Human Capital Investment in the Kyrgyz Republic
This paper finds that remittances in the Kyrgyz Republic have negative impacts on schooling. It suggests actions including financial literacy education and better monitoring of the time children spend on farm labor.
Concentration in Asia’s Cross-Border Banking: Determinants and Impacts
This study assesses the determinants and impacts of cross-border banking concentration in 47 economies in Asia and the Pacific from 2000 to 2019.
Education and the Evolution of Comparative Advantage
This paper provides the first evidence that countries with high education levels were more successful in developing comparative advantage in products unrelated to those they already export.
The Influence of US Dollar Funding Conditions on Asian Financial Markets
Amid high reliance on United States (US) dollar-denominated funding, this paper finds changes in exchange rates affect sovereign credit risk premiums in selected emerging Asian economies.
Gender Differences in Access to Health Care Among the Elderly: Evidence from Southeast Asia
This paper examines gender among other factors that may constrain older persons in Southeast Asia from meeting their health-care needs based on data from Cambodia, the Philippines, and Viet Nam.
The Role of Technology in Business-to-Consumer E-Commerce: Evidence from Asia
This paper uses proprietary panel data to investigate the possible drivers of business-to-consumer (B2C) online commerce growth, such as internet access and speed, online security, and financial inclusiveness.
Predicting Poverty Using Geospatial Data in Thailand
This study examines an alternative approach in estimating poverty by investigating whether readily available geospatial data can accurately predict the spatial distribution of poverty in Thailand.
The Wellness Economy: A Comprehensive System of National Accounts Approach
This working paper explains how to derive indicators for a country's wellness sector using the system of national accounts framework. It also provides estimates of these indicators for 10 countries in developing Asia across 2 time periods.