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 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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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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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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Chart of the Week July 15, 2022: Greater Bay Area Integration: Reallocation of Foreign Direct Investments

Summary: The Chinese government officially launched the integration of the Greater Bay Area in 2017, with the aim of building Hong Kong, Macau and nine mainland cities into a competitive urban agglomeration. With the advancement of this strategy, inward FDI flows increased to other GBA cities as well.  Post the Covid-19 pandemic, the recovery in […]

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Chart of the Week January 14, 2022: FDI in the GBA Ecosystem: Core vs Node Cities

Summary: To propel the economic development of the Greater Bay Area, China’s State Development and Reform Commission signed the “Framework Agreement on Deepening Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Cooperation in the Development of the Greater Bay Area” in 2017. The involvement of Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macau governments in this agreement marks the beginning of integrated development in […]

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Uneven Post-Pandemic Recovery Amongst China’s Mainland Economies

Despite the global economic decline that was experienced in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, China saw positive overall economic growth. However, it is seen that there are uneven rates of recovery between sub-national economies, especially pertaining to the secondary and tertiary sectors. Like most countries, China too had resorted to pandemic control policy measures […]

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