ADB Southeast Asia Working Paper Series

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) Southeast Asia Working Paper Series is a forum for stimulating discussion and eliciting feedback on ongoing and recently completed economic, sector, and policy work undertaken by ADB staff, consultants, or resource persons in the context of the operational work of ADB’s Southeast Asia Department. The series deals with economic and development issues in Southeast Asia and aims to enhance knowledge of the region’s development and policy challenges, strengthen subregional and country operations, and contribute to policy dialogue at the national and regional levels. The ADB Southeast Asia Working Paper Series is a quick-disseminating, informal publication whose titles could subsequently be revised for publication as articles in professional journals or as chapters in books. Maintained by the Southeast Asia Department, the purpose of the series is to disseminate the findings of works in progress to encourage the exchange of ideas. The emphasis is on getting findings out quickly even if the presentation of the work is less than fully polished.


  • The Potential for Foreign Investment in a Domestic Credit Rating Agency in Viet Nam 

    Kathpalia, Surinder D.; Minh, Chu Hong; Huong, Do Thuy; Lambert, Don J. (Asian Development Bank, 2020-09-30)
    This report evaluates the attractiveness of the Viet Nam bond market from a global credit rating agency’s perspective. It concludes that the business case for an international rating agency to enter the Vietnamese market through a technical service ...
  • Philippine Business Cycle Characterization: A Christiano-Fitzgerald Band Pass Filter Reassessment 

    Gorostiza, Gilliane Angela B. De; Asuncion, Ruben Carlo O.; Chongvilaivan, Aekapol (Asian Development Bank, 2019-08-30)
    This study presents an assessment of Philippine business cycles through main features (duration, amplitude, and slope) and characterization (volatility, co-movement, and persistence) covering the period 2003–2017. The band pass filter by Christiano and ...
  • Increasing Benefits Through Economic Corridor Development in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic 

    Frielink, Barend; Bando, Shunsuke (Asian Development Bank, 2018-04-30)
    Special economic zones play an important role in the development of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) which is home to 328 million people. The Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) shares borders with the other five GMS countries. However, it is ...
  • Regional Balanced Urbanization for Inclusive Cities Development: Urban–Rural Poverty Linkages in Secondary Cities Development in Southeast Asia 

    Singru, Ramola Naik (Asian Development Bank, 2015-06-29)
    The impact of urbanization on growth and equality, and on urban and rural poverty are well-documented but do not discuss alternative models of urbanization. While the relationship between urbanization and growth (and poverty reduction in general) is ...

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