Book Launch: Annual Competitiveness Analysis and Impact of COVID-19 on ASEAN

2020 has proven to be a tumultuous year for the world. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as a highly internationalized region, is naturally not spared from events. At the time of writing, vaccines for the virus have begun to be distributed worldwide in the hopes of containing the virus. Meanwhile, new and more […]

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Using GPS Data to Measure Social Segregation

Social segregation occurs when groups from differing socioeconomic backgrounds living in the same city have little opportunity of interaction with each other. This has profound impacts on socioeconomic outcomes. The measure of social segregation has traditionally been carried out through the use of census records. However, one key issue with relying on this method is that it is dependent on residential data. Increasingly, our social […]

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Chart of the Week Mar 26, 2021: Innovation as the Driver of Modernisation in China

Summary:  China’s 14th Five-Year Plan outlined innovation as the driver of modernisation. Under the National Big Data Strategy, data has become an important factor of production. Additionally, the investment in R&D has led to tremendous development in China’s digital economy. This week’s chart uses data from the National Bureau of Statistics of China and the China Academy of Information […]

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What Consumers Want During the Pandemic

COVID-19 has caused unprecedented disruptions, which have thrown even the most previously robust disaster-preparedness teams into a flux. Governments around the world have found themselves struggling to strike a balance between safeguarding public health and avoiding stifling the economy. As a result, consumption behaviour has been forced to change during government-imposed mandatory lockdowns as citizens […]

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