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  • White Papers // May 2011

    An Analysis Of The Effects Of Financial Market Imperfections On Indian Firms' Exporting Behavior

    Using the data of more than 6,000 manufacturing firms in India for 1996-2008, the authors investigate the impact of financial constraint on the exporting behavior of Indian manufacturing firms while also focusing on the link between the exchange rate movement and exports. They find that there is a strong degree...

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  • White Papers // May 2011

    Trade And Investment In The Greater Mekong Subregion: Remaining Challenges And The Unfinished Policy Agenda

    The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) is one of the most successful stories of economic transition and integration among developing countries. Strong rates of economic growth since the early 1990s have been fueled by increased trade and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the subregion. This economic progress has translated into marked...

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  • White Papers // May 2011

    Effects Of Financial Market Imperfections On Indian Firms' Exporting Behavior

    Using data from more than 6,000 manufacturing firms in India for 1996-2008, the authors investigate the impact of financial constraints on the exporting behavior of Indian manufacturing firms while also focusing on the link between exchange rate movement and exports. They find that there is a strong degree of persistency...

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  • White Papers // May 2011

    Financial Integration In Emerging Asia: Challenges And Prospects

    Using both quantity- and price-based measures of financial integration, this paper shows an increasing degree of financial openness and integration in emerging Asian markets. This paper also assesses the impact of a regional shock relative to a global shock on local equity and bond markets. The findings of this paper...

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  • White Papers // Mar 2011

    Impact Of International Financial Shocks On Small Open Economies: The Case Of Four ASEAN Countries

    A more integrated global financial system has implications on the economic volatility of small open economies. This paper simulates the impact of a short-term shock originating from the global financial system on small open economies in the Association of SouthEast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The simulation is conducted by means of...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2011

    What Do Asian Countries Want The Seat At The High Table For? G20 As A New Global Economic Governance Forum And The Role Of Asia

    The global crisis has reminded everyone of the importance of reforming the international monetary and financial system. The current system is no longer adequate to meet the needs of a complex, integrated world economy. Various proposals, both on the demand and supply sides, have been put forward, and include building...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2011

    The Global Financial Crisis: Impact On Asia And Emerging Consensus

    The financial crisis, initially traced to subprime mortgage market in the United States (US) and the resulting deleveraging process by global financial institutions involved in highly complex financial transactions, marks the first global financial crisis of the 21st century. Few countries linked to the global financial markets and international trades...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2011

    Cross-Border Mergers And Acquisitions And Financial Development: Evidence From Emerging Asia

    The paper examines the relationship between cross-border Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) and financial development in emerging Asian economies. Bilateral data of cross-border M&A for nine emerging Asian economies during 2000 - 2009 are analyzed with a sample selection model and panel data model. Estimation results show that the banking sector...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2011

    The Organizational Architecture Of The Asia?Pacific: Insights From The New Institutionalism

    This paper surveys recent literature on the design of international institutions and applies the insights from it to the prospects for regional economic cooperation in the Asia-Pacific. The political and economic heterogeneity of the region has served the process of regional economic integration. But this heterogeneity has limited the extent...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2011

    The Impact Of Monetary Policy On Financial Markets In Small Open Economies: More Or Less Effective During The Global Financial Crisis?

    This paper estimates the impact of monetary policy on exchange rates and stock markets for eight small open economies: Australia, Canada, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. On average across these countries, a one percentage point surprise rise in official interest rates leads...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    Evolving Asian Power Balances And Alternate Conceptions For Building Regional Institutions

    The paper aims to examine economic interdependence and balancing power politics, and their mixed implications for regional institution building in East Asia based on the concept of common security. By pointing out the gap between the violent conflict prediction and the stability and prosperity reality following the end of the...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    ASEAN Economic Integration: Features, Fulfillments, Failures And The Future

    The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, is arguably the most durable and successful regional grouping in the developing world. Established in 1967, it has contributed greatly to regional harmony and prosperity. ASEAN is characterized by great internal diversity, generally high economic growth, and a reluctance to establish a...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    Changing Impact Of Fiscal Policy On Selected ASEAN Countries

    This paper investigates the effectiveness of fiscal policy in five Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Through a structural Vector Auto Regression (VAR) model, government spending is found to have weak and largely insignificant impact on output, while taxes are found to...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    Monetary Policy Discipline And Macroeconomic Performance: The Case Of Indonesia

    Lax monetary policy in the United States has been pointed out as one of the responsible factors behind the recent global crisis. Similar loose monetary conditions also prevailed in many European countries before the crisis and were argued to be among the accommodating factors behind the run-up in asset prices...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Organizing The Wider East Asia Region

    Regionalism and regional integration in East Asia has developed dynamically at various levels over the past two decades. In the world system, East Asia's degree of regional economic coherence is second only to the European Union's. In addition to deepening micro-level regionalization, new regional frameworks and organizations have emerged, centered...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Institutional Design Of Regional Integration: Balancing Delegation And Representation

    Regional economic integration is both a deregulatory project, involving the removal of barriers to the movement of goods and services, as well as a re-regulatory project, involving the adoption of common economic, social, and environmental standards to enable the market to function. The removal of trade barriers can be achieved...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Regional Judicial Institutions And Economic Cooperation: Lessons For Asia?

    The author shows that Asian states are not unusually averse to refer inter-state disputes over trade, investment, and territory to global judicial institutions. Moreover, Asian states are not unique in their reluctance to resolve regional inter-state disputes through judicial means: Regional judicial institutions elsewhere have also rarely been used to...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Labor And Grassroots Civic Interests In Regional Institutions

    There is a vibrant regional civil society in Asia with numerous Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) advancing a range of economic, political and social causes using three key strategies, namely regional advocacy, civil society parallel summits, and civil society partnerships with states and regional institutions. Although regional institutions have become more...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    The Awakening Chinese Economy: Macro And Terms Of Trade Impacts On 10 Major Asia-Pacific Countries

    This paper analyzes the impact that Terms Of Trade (TOT) are likely to have on the growth of the People's Republic of China's (PRC) neighboring countries. Two scenarios employing a dynamic computable general equilibrium framework are considered: a convergence scenario, where historical trends are projected; and a baseline scenario, where...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Institutional Parameters Of A Region-Wide Economic Agreement In Asia: Examination Of Trans-Pacific Partnership And ASEAN+? Free Trade Agreement Approaches

    The future creation of a region-wide economic agreement in Asia has become the hot issue among trade policymakers in the region. The APEC 2010 Summit Statement clearly states that the members should pursue a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP), building on various ongoing regional cooperation formworks including ASEAN+3...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Infrastructure And Growth In Developing Asia

    This paper presents the state of infrastructure in developing Asian countries. It applies two distinct approaches (growth regressions and growth accounting) to analyze the link between infrastructure, growth, and productivity. The main conclusion is that a number of countries in developing Asia have significantly improved their basic infrastructure endowments in...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Financial Development And Economic Growth In Developing Asia

    Economic theory suggests that sound and efficient financial systems - banks, equity markets, and bond markets - which channel capital to its most productive uses are beneficial for economic growth. Sound and efficient financial systems are especially important for sustaining growth in developing Asia because efficiency of investment will overshadow...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Institutional Parameters Of A Region-Wide Economic Agreement In Asia: Examination Of Trans-Pacific Partnership And ASEAN + FTA Approaches

    The future creation of a region-wide economic agreement in Asia has become the hot issue among trade policymakers in the region. The APEC 2010 Summit Statement clearly states that the members should pursue a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP), building on various ongoing regional cooperation formworks including ASEAN+3...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    Impact Of Global Financial Crisis On IDB Member Countries: The Case Of Gulf Cooperation Council And Sub-Saharan Africa

    The year 2008 witnessed three major crises (food, energy, global financial and economic crises) and their impacts were increasingly felt worldwide. Since the eruption of global financial crisis from September 2008, international financial markets have become more turbulent, and the global economic slowdown is expected to deepen further. Virtually no...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    Methods For Ex Post Economic Evaluation Of Free Trade Agreements

    Evaluating the economic impact of an FTA is an important part of the monitoring and surveying process that should follow the establishment of an FTA. This paper presents methods for evaluating the trade and welfare effects of an FTA. These methods show how to compute indicators for the utilization and...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    Responding To The Global Financial And Economic Crisis: Meeting The Challenges In Asia

    The global financial and economic crisis marks an important turning point for finance and the Asian growth model. Regional consensus is now supporting economic rebalancing away from the dominant focus on exports to developed markets and towards more a more balanced economic structure supported by domestic and regional financial development....

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  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    Shaping New Regionalism In The Pacific Islands: Back To The Future?

    The many small sovereign states and multiple shades of sovereignty that exist across the present-day Pacific Island region are largely the product of the region's colonial history. Yet, the story of regionalism among the Pacific Islands began in pre-colonial times. This history, in turn, has been shaped by the region's...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    Global Financial Regulatory Reforms: Implications For Developing Asia

    The objective of global regulatory reform is to build a resilient global financial system that can withstand shocks and dampen, rather than amplify, their effects on the real economy. Lessons drawn from the recent crisis have led to specific reform proposals with concrete implementation plans at the international level. Yet,...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    Asia And The Global Crisis: Recovery Prospects And The Future

    The global crisis of 2007-09 affected developing Asia largely through a decline in exports to the developed countries and a slowdown in remittances. This happened very quickly, and by 2009 there were already signs of recovery (except on the employment front). This recovery was led by China's impressive performance, aided...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    Production Networks And Trade Patterns In East Asia: Regionalization Or Globalization?

    This paper examines the implications of global production sharing for economic integration in East Asia, with emphasis on the behavior of trade flows in the wake of the 2008 global economic crisis. While trade in parts and components and final assembly within production networks ("Network trade") has generally grown faster...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    The Political Economy Of Regional Cooperation In South Asia

    Regional Cooperation Arrangements (RCAs) have produced vastly dissimilar performances; some have spurred remarkable expansion in trade and cooperation among members, while several others have achieved little. Studies show that performances vary because RCAs differ from one another in important characteristics, namely the objectives they aim to achieve, balance of power...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    Trade Facilitation Measures Under Free Trade Agreements: Are They Discriminatory Against Non-Members?

    Are trade facilitation measures under Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) discriminatory? This important question has yet to be sufficiently explored by the existing literature on trade facilitation. Despite the multilateral scope and non-discriminatory objectives of trade facilitation measures, some trade facilitation measures under FTAs can be discriminatory, similar to those in...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    Poverty Impacts Of Government Expenditure From Natural Resource Revenues

    This paper analyzes the effects on poverty incidence and other economic variables resulting from government expenditures associated with natural resource revenues, using the Nam Theun II hydroelectric power project in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) as a paper. The analysis uses a multi-sector/multi-household general equilibrium model of the...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    Methods For Ex Ante Economic Evaluation Of Free Trade Agreements

    This paper provides practical techniques to policymakers for evaluating the potential economic effects of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). To this end, the paper discusses how to apply three methods: trade indicators, SMART (Software for Market Analysis and Restrictions on Trade) in WITS (World Integrated Trade Solutions), and the GTAP...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    The Role Of Membership Rules In Regional Organizations

    This paper argues that success in the struggle for regional integration hinges foremost on the degree of heterogeneity among regional states. Regional organizations therefore must consider how to optimize their leverage to forge convergence that will foster agreement and cooperation. To do so, regional organizations can rely on inclusive designs...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    ADB?s Contribution To Inclusive Growth In Transport And Energy Projects

    The long-term strategic framework, Strategy 2020, of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has three pillars, of which inclusive growth is one. However, unlike for environmental sustainability and regional cooperation, the inclusive growth pillar does not have targets or indicators to measure ADB's contribution. Furthermore, the concept of inclusive growth is...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Corporate Governance And Foreign Direct Investment

    Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity is motivated by increasing shareholder value through improved corporate governance. Therefore, stronger corporate governance can reduce the returns from M&A activity, including M&A foreign direct investment (FDI). This, in turn, can reduce the returns from non-M&A FDI in light of the complementary relationship between M&S...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    A New Multi-Dimensional Framework For Analyzing Regional Integration: Regional Integration Evaluation (RIE) Methodology

    Theories of regional integration typically analyze the regional integration process from the perspective of a single discipline, usually economics. However, such one-dimensional analytical frameworks cannot fully capture the richness and complexity of the inherently multi-dimensional regional integration process. To address the problem, the authors propose the Regional Integration Evaluation (RIE)...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Regional Surveillance For East Asia: How Can It Be Designed To Complement Global Surveillance?

    This paper discusses conceptual and operational issues related to regional surveillance for East Asia, which is a topic that has assumed considerable prominence in recent months. The need for regional surveillance is both immediate and evolving. For the immediate need, a surveillance mechanism must cover the operational requirements of the...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2010

    The 2008 Financial Crisis And Potential Output In Asia: Impact And Policy Implications

    Monitoring the behavior of potential output helps policymakers implement appropriate policies in response to an economic crisis. In the short-run, estimates of the output gap can guide the timing of the implementation and withdrawal of stimulus measures. In the medium-to long-term, these estimates can also provide the basis for gauging...

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