The tension between employment and schooling in emerging Southeast Asian economies
Friday 8 October 2021
Professor Ian Coxhead, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Emerging Asia’s low-income economies have acquired a ticket out of severe poverty by enlisting their blue-collar workers in the global production system. Aggregate incomes have risen, and poverty and deprivation have fallen in dramatic fashion. However, there is increasing evidence that dynamic job growth for less-skilled workers is depressing returns on educational investments and impeding improvements in school attainment. The lure of the labor market may offset increased household capacity to support and sustain children’s schooling, especially among poorer households. We examine evidence on these trends and consider consequences of lower rates of educational development for individuals, households, and the aggregate economy.
Global production sharing: implications for export-oriented industrialization in latecomer countries
Thursday, 6 May 2021
Professor Premachandra Athukorala, The Australian National University
Global production sharing — cross-border dispersion of production processes within vertically integrated global industries — has been an increasingly important structural feature of economic globalization in the recent decades. global production sharing opens up opportunities for countries to specialize in different slices (tasks) of the production process depending on their relative cost advantage and other relevant economic fundamentals. Decisions about how much to produce and for which market have to be combined with decisions about whether to produce and with what degree of intra-product specialisation. What is developing countries’ role within global production networks, and what are impacts of global production sharing to countries late in joining the networks? This topic will be addressed by Professor Premachandra Athukorala in this regional webinar for audience in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Indonesia.
Southeast Asian economic development: the state of play
Thursday, 8 April 2021
Professor Hal Hill, The Australian National University
Professor Hal Hill will speak about the economic development in Southeast Asia and how the political economy is at play during COVID-19. The seminar will be opened by Luke Arnold (Deputy Ambassador, Australian Embassy in Cambodia) and moderated by Dr Chheng Kimlong (Vice President, Asian Vision Institute). The Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University (ANU) and the Asian Vision Institute (AVI) are hosts of this online seminar and supported by the DFAT Australia-ASEAN Council. The seminar is also in cooperation with Forum Kajian Pembangunan in Indonesia, ANU Indonesia Project and ANU Poverty and Inequality Research Centre (PIRC).