Chart of the Week January 27, 2023: Technology from home or abroad?

Summary: The residential status of patent applicants indicates the source of inventions in a country. Different technological development strategies of nations affect the structures of patent applicants’ profiles. For example, China’s favourable policies towards domestic innovation culminated in residents’ share in the country’s total patent filings at 90% in 2021. In contrast, 86% of Singapore […]

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Chart of the Week January 13, 2023: Infrastructure development in Indonesia and the Philippines

Summary: ACI’s ASEAN Economic Competitiveness Analysis finds differences in the performance of Indonesia and the Philippines’ infrastructure development. Indonesia performs better in physical infrastructure, while the Philippines performs better in technological infrastructure. Such disparities are intriguing since the countries face similar geographical challenges concerning infrastructure development. The countries also have similar standards of institutional quality […]

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What can online job postings say about the labor market dynamics in Singapore?

Online job postings complement official labor market data well and, therefore, reflect the skills and qualifications in demand in a timelier manner. A study by ACI uses job posting data from JobTech, Singapore’s leading AI talent intelligence startup, to monitor and understand local labor market dynamics. The data constitute nearly the entire universe of job […]

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Chart of the Week December 28, 2022: Guangzhou-Foshan Integration under GBA Policies

Summary: The Greater Bay Area strategy accelerated the “Guangzhou-Foshan Urban Integration”. The transportation time between the two cities shortened to about an hour, facilitating business expansion and labour flows. Around thirty-eight designated hospitals (thirty from Guangzhou and eight from Foshan) have shared the general medical insurance for residents in the two cities. The two cities […]

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Chart of the Week December 16, 2022: Singapore’s collaboration with Overseas Inventors

Summary: Collaboration with overseas inventors has become an important driver for invention in Singapore. Singapore’s partnerships with overseas inventors increased by 34% compared to the previous decade. The United States remains Singapore’s most dominant partner, with one-third of all overseas co-inventor patent families. In addition, China, Germany, and India have achieved more invention collaborations in […]

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The Debate on International Trade and Wage Inequality Continues: The Case of Mexican Firms and Competition from China

International trade has been rightfully touted as an engine of economic growth, but its impact on the labor market might differ among different economies. Over the last few decades, China’s unsurpassable growth numbers have caught the world’s attention. The labor-intensive economy of China has been the focus of numerous international trade studies, with the impact […]

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How difficult is it to balance purpose with profit? Know it from Singapore’s B Corps

Paradoxically, in today’s times of increased sensitivity to environmental issues, businesses with clear loyalty to sustainability are subject to more scepticism than ordinary corporations. A study by ACI surveyed 12 (out of 19) B corporations in Singapore to understand the challenges faced by these companies, and strategies employed to cope with them. The Certified B […]

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Chart of the Week November 18, 2022: Are Ideas Harder to Find in Singapore?

Summary: Are ideas harder to get? Nicholas Bloom, Charles Jones, John Van Reenen and Michael Webb (AER, 2020) documented the contrast between the continuously uprising research input and the stable total factor productivity (TFP) growth globally. In the case of Singapore, the contrast is even more striking. Since 2000, R&D personnel per million population in […]

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Investment, Infrastructure, ICT in Jakarta: Emergence from Covid-19 and Development Outlook

Jakarta’s massive infrastructure development and growing digital sector kept the economic slump at bay during the covid-19 pandemic. A recent study by ACI tracks Jakarta’s emergence from the pandemic and its socioeconomic progress vis-à-vis the province’s medium-term development plan (RPJMD). It finds that the province’s digital sector showed resilience amidst the economic contraction induced by […]

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