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Understanding the dynamics of productivity and identifying its drivers remain at the forefront of research and policy debate. Increasingly, research on productivity can leverage on more complete granular information complementing progress on theory front. Still, firm-level analysis suffers from two main issues: data availability and cross-country comparability of the results. This is particularly true as far as applied research for Asia-Pacific countries is concerned.

To move forward on data and research work available for the Asia-Pacific region, researchers at the National University of Singapore Business School have created the Productivity Research Network (PRN), in collaboration with the Asian Bureau of Financial and Economic Research (ABFER), the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and the support of like-minded institutions such as the World Bank, Malaysia; Ministry of industry, Australia; Productivity Commission, New Zealand; University of Tokyo and many more.

The objective of the Network is to promote empirically based research on productivity drivers for Asia-Pacific countries, by stimulating more complete firm-level information gathering. Given the interests of the researchers involved so far, productivity drivers to be considered will include, but not be limited to, financial intermediation/regulations, labour markets as well as trade and globalisation.

To take stock of data and research, which is already available for Asia-Pacific countries, PRN is organising its first technical workshop next June 8-9, 2017 at NUS Business School in Singapore. Co-sponsored by Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and Asian Bureau of Financial and Economic Research (ABFER), the workshop will bring together regional researchers to learn about existing applied work and collaborate. It will also be an occasion to draw from the experience of CompNet, an European project aimed at collecting and analysing firm-level data, including ensuring cross-country comparability of the micro information. Finally, the workshop will give an opportunity to discuss how the newly created Productivity Research Network (PRN) can boost data collection at the firm level in Asia and its sharing among researchers and policy institutions.

Contact person: Filippo di Mauro, NUS Business School, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Third Workshop - 3 – 4 September 2018
NUS Business School

Second Workshop - Empirical research on productivity and innovation
Asian Development Bank Institute-Tokyo

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Productivity drivers in Asia: the first level perspective
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