5. Briefs

Briefs are concise narratives of topical issues intended to inform, stimulate, debate, make a decision or action, spark change, persuade policy makers, or generate a quick response to an issue. Briefs are short-format (2–16 pages) summaries to inform about developments, thematic and sector research, economic reports, or policy and strategy issues. Designed to be quick-disseminating, briefs can be short position papers or strategic knowledge products that are text-driven and light on images.


  • Risk Management in Maldives: Sharing Practical Experience and Lessons Learned 

    Asian Development Bank (Asian Development Bank, 2018-09-15)
    Maldives is implementing reforms to improve risk management controls and to strengthen its trade environment. Recent activities to facilitate trade and safeguard its borders seek to deliver operational and economic gains in the public and private ...
  • Aging and Implications for Elderly Care Services in the People’s Republic of China 

    Uchimura-Shiroshi, Hiroko; Terada-Hagiwara, Akiko (Asian Development Bank, 2018-09-15)
    Aging can be harmful to an economy over the long run, as an increase in the share of the elderly population reduces both the labor force and output per adult, and increases the social security burden. Policy changes can partly offset the labor squeeze. ...
  • Tax Reform in the United States: Implications for the People’s Republic of China 

    Killfoil, Chinchie; Miyaki, Yuji; Terada-Hagiwara, Akiko (Asian Development Bank, 2018-09-15)
    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 is the first major tax reform in the United States (US) since 1986. Its potential spillover effects can reach far beyond the US borders. Possible channels through which the tax package can have spillover effects on ...
  • Balancing Investment and Development Assistance in Africa: Growth Prospects from Asia–Africa Connectivity 

    Prakash, Anita (Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia, 2018-08-30)
    Relations between Asia and Africa are historical and they share contemporary aspirations. Their shared experience of past struggles and current cooperation efforts hold the prospect of a bright future in which forecasts for growth are enormous. The ...

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