Regional Economic Integration Working Paper Series

The Asian Development Bank Working Paper Series on Regional Economic Integration focuses on topics relating to regional cooperation and integration in the areas of infrastructure and software, trade and investment, money and finance, and regional public goods. The series is a quick-disseminating, informal publication that seeks to provide information, generate discussion, and elicit comments.


  • Financial Inclusion, Poverty, and Income Inequality in Developing Asia 

    Park, Cyn-Young; Mercado, Rogelio Jr. V. (Asian Development Bank, 2015-01-16)
    "Poverty and income inequality remain a stubborn challenge in Asia and the Pacific despite the region’s rapid economic expansion in previous decades, which lifted millions out of poverty. Financial inclusion is often considered as a critical element ...
  • The ASEAN Economy in the Regional Context: Opportunities, Challenges, and Policy Options 

    Capannelli, Giovanni (Asian Development Bank, 2014-12-15)
    "The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was created to address political and security issues. Over time, the economy has taken center stage and the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is going to be launched in 2015. The AEC is a milestone ...
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership versus Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership: Control of Membership and Agenda Setting 

    Hamanaka, Shintaro (Asian Development Bank, 2014-12-15)
    "This paper argues that the formation of regional integration frameworks can be best understood as a dominant state’s attempt to create a preferred regional framework in which it can exercise exclusive influence. In this context, it is important to ...
  • Global Value-Chains and Connectivity in Developing Asia - Wth Application to the Central and West Asian Region 

    Pomfret, Richard; Sourdin, Patricia (Asian Development Bank, 2014-11-15)
    An increasingly important part of international trade consists of fragmentation of the production process, with differing tasks in the global value chain (GVC) being undertaken in different locations. The paper traces the origins of the GVC phenomenon, ...

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