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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Has China’s GBA Achieved the Desired Economic Momentum in Guangdong?

Urbanization – manifested through level of infrastructure development, perception of businesses, and state of labor market – has the potential to catalyze economic growth and improve human capital outcomes.  In 2017, the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) into a megalopolis was codified in a government report in China. GBA consists of […]

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Book Launch: “Nepal Competitiveness Index” report

Nepal has witnessed significant economic and political events during the past 2 decades. The country’s government system has transitioned from a monarchy to republic and eventually a federal structure. Furthermore, the 2015 Earthquake and the COVID-19 pandemic further altered the country’s overall course of policy priorities.  Currently, Nepal has entered its second cycle of federal […]

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Exploring a Possible Factor for Brain Drain in the Contexts of Singapore and Hong Kong- the Role of Attachment to home domicile/country?

This exploratory study examines the importance of attachment to home country (or attachment to home domicile in the case of Hong Kong which is not a sovereign nation), as a determinant of people’s inclination to stay or leave their home country. There have been other competing constructs, such as place attachment, which is the bonding […]

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Which of the Greater Bay Area cities has benefited more from the GBA development plan?  We have the answer! 

After introducing the GBA (Greater Bay Area) Framework Agreement, Foshan witnessed a surge in greenfield foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2018. From 2018 to 2020, the average annual number of greenfield FDI contracts, and contracted foreign capital, went up to 751 and USD 8,675 million, respectively. This was as opposed to previous figures of 200 […]

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In terms of the value, quantity, and quality of exports, which countries are more affected by the rise of China?

The paper “Quality Upgrading and Import Competition: Impact of Chinese Competition on Developing Asia” shows the differential impact of Chinese competition on Asian countries, where it concerns their exports to the US. Given similarities in comparative advantage and geography with China, it seems that most Asian countries should be negatively affected, however, based on the […]

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What’s the optimal trade policy when there’s international knowledge diffusion? The answers may surprise you.

The paper “Trade Policy in a Ricardian World with International Knowledge Diffusion” shows that, although the “non-discrimination” principle is optimal from a static perspective, when dynamic knowledge diffusion is taken into account, countries will set trade policy discriminatively so as to reorient trade towards more technologically advanced trading partners for faster economic growth. The author […]

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Is there “pandemic arbitrage”? In other words, are destinations, that are coping well with the pandemic, more favorable to FDI?

Internationalization is a major strategic component of most business firms’ activities (Meilin, 1992), and key models of internationalization tend to describe it as taking place gradually and in distinct stages (Boisot and Meyer, 2008; Johanson & Vahlne, 1990; Meilin, 1992; Vernon, 1966). During their internationalization process, firms shift progressively from low involvement (e.g., exporting) to […]

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ASEAN’s Digital Economy Aspirations: An assessment of the policy documents of the ADM2025, ADIFAP, and the BSBR

The digital economy has grown in importance around the world. It refers to the broad range of economic activities that use digitized information and knowledge as key factors of production (Asian Development Bank, 2018). Enablers include the internet, cloud computing, big data, fintech, and other new digital technologies. Asia’s digital transformation is already having a […]

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Batam, Bintan and Beyond: Riau Islands as Indonesia’s hotspot for Manufacturing and Digital Investments

With proximity to Indonesia’s major trading partners, Riau Islands is one of the country’s premier manufacturing hubs, with the industry contributing over 40% to its economy in 2020. The province is home to large industrial estates such as the Nongsa Digital Park and Bintan-Batam-Karimun Free Trade Zone. In post-pandemic Indonesia, the province is a hotspot […]

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