Book Launch | 2021 Annual Indices for Expatriates and Ordinary Residents on Cost of Living, Wage and Purchasing Power for World’s Major Cities

This annual study analyses the cost of living, wages and purchasing power for expatriates and ordinary residents across 104 major cities in the world. In this edition, ACI has found that New York, Los Angeles, Zurich, Hong Kong, and Geneva continued to be the top-5 cities in the ranking for expatriates’ living costs. Whereas, for […]

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Book Launch | Digitalising ASEAN: A Competitiveness Analysis

2021 has tested the ability of the AMS to weather a crisis. As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, disruptions to the global economy continue to cast a shadow upon the development of ASEAN. Amidst this, the economies of ASEAN have made the digital economy a key component of their strategy to achieve a new phase […]

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How are Indonesia and Malaysia traversing the bumpy road to renewable energy?

Gone are the days when climate change was talked about in future tense – it is happening now and happening fast. With more extreme weather events battering the region, Southeast Asia (SEA) must champion not only disaster anticipation and preparedness but also disaster mitigation equally well. As energy consumption in the region is projected to […]

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Book Launch | Shaping the Post-Pandemic Recovery: Annual Sub-national Competitiveness Analysis of India

2021 was a tough year for many Indian households, the national healthcare system, and the government due to the second wave of the COVID -19 outbreak. The ‘Delta’ variant outbreak dampened the country’s economic recovery. However, the impact of the second wave on economic growth was less adverse than the previous one. After contracting by […]

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Chart of the Week September 9, 2022: R&D Innovation in Singapore

Summary: The patent application data from PATSTAT over the period 2010 to 2019 reveal that high-tech patent applications have exponentially risen in Singapore, suggesting forward-looking innovation in Singapore’s R&D. In contrast, patents applications in other tech levels remain largely stable. The increase in high-tech patent applications was further propelled by government initiatives to strengthen innovation […]

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Book Launch | Annual Competitiveness Analysis on 34 Greater China Economies and FDI Development in Greater Bay Area

The second year into COVID-19 has witnessed the continued disruption of the global supply chain. Despite the challenges from international uncertainties, China has continued to support globalisation through statements and actions and further opened up its economies. In 2021, China’s total trade volume and realised foreign direct investment (FDI) reached RMB 39.1 trillion and RMB […]

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Chart of the Week August 26, 2022: India’s UPI-led Digital Payments Revolution

Summary: Over the past few years, digital payments witnessed exponential growth in India, driven by payments via the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) which was launched as a pilot project in 2016 by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). The volume and value of UPI-based transactions grew by 50 and 75 times, respectively from FY […]

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Reckoning the circumference of ASEAN’s Circular Economy Framework

The ‘take, make, dispose’ approach that formed the bedrock of the linear economy has come under scrutiny with a growing focus on circular economy. With countries moving to build their own capabilities, regional groupings too have sought to address the issue collectively. As such, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has launched the Framework […]

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Chart of the Week August 12, 2022: Political ideology and the odds of US M&A announcement

Summary: This graph is taken from a study about US mergers and acquisitions, also featured in the Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review. This study hypothesizes and finds that the probability of announcement of an M&A increases when merging firms have more similar organizational political ideologies*, because organizations drift toward member homogenization as […]

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Missing Information in PATSTAT Database? Impute it!

Data quality is paramount for educated decision-making for businesses, governments, academics and individuals alike. When data is not complete, its analyses lead to biased results which could have far-reaching consequences. PATSTAT, a global database of patent statistics published by European Patent Office (EPO), draws on data from over 100 million patents from 196 patent offices […]

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