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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..

Productivity Research Network
Technical Workshop on "Productivity drivers in Asia: the first level perspective"

8 June 2017
BIZ 1 #3-3 INTEGRITY-3 Classroom, NUS Business School

9 June 2017
BIZ 1 #3-4 TEAMWORK-3 Classroom, NUS Business School

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8:15 AM
Shuttle bus arranged from Park Avenue Rochester Hotel to NUS Business School
8:30 AM
Registration followed by Coffee/Tea
9:00 AM
Welcome Remarks
Dean, Bernard Yeung (NUS Business School)
9:15 AM
Session 1: Resource reallocation
Session Chair: Filippo di Mauro, Visiting Fellow, Department of Strategy & Policy (NUS Business School)

Resource misallocation and productivity gaps in Malaysia
Ha Nguyen, Economist (World Bank-Malaysia Office), Lay Lian Chuah, Research Fellow (World Bank-Malaysia Office), Norman V. Loayza, Lead Economist (World Bank-Malaysia Office)

Misallocation and productivity in New Zealand and its regions: an application of Hsieh and Klenow method
Zheng Guanyu, Senior Advisor (New Zealand Productivity Commission)

Discussant for two papers: Rudolf Bems, Associate Professor (University of Tokyo)
10:45 AM
Break
11:15 AM
Session 1: Resource reallocation (continued)

Entrepreneurship dynamics in Australia: Lessons from micro-data
Sasan Bakhtiari, Senior Economist (Australian Department of Industry, Innovation & Science)

Exploring the impact of innovation on high growth: A panel analysis of Australian firms
Omer Majeed, Senior Economist (Ministry of industry, Australia)
Presented by Sasan Bakhtiari, Senior Economist (Australian Department of Industry, Innovation & Science)

Discussant for two papers: Ha Nguyen, Economist (World Bank-Malaysia Office)
12:45 PM
Lunch
2:00 PM
Session 2 : Trade, internationalisation and productivity
Session Chair: Rudolf Bems, Associate Professor (University of Tokyo)

Variations in Productivity Premium of Exporters: Evidence from Japanese plant-level Data
Toshihiro Okubo, Professor (Keio University), Eiichi Tomiura, Professor (Hitotsubashi University)

Discussant: Ole Rummel, Director (SEACEN)
3:00 PM
Break
3:30 PM
Session 2: Trade, internationalization and productivity (continued)

Internationalization and the performance of Vietnamese micro, small and medium-sized enterprises: Evidence from panel quantile regressions
Long Quang Trinh, Economist (ADBI & Central Institute for Economic Management (Vietnam), Ha Thi Thanh Doan, Research Associate (ADBI)

Does Proximity to Foreign Invested Firms Stimulate Productivity Growth of Domestic Firms? Firm-level Evidence from Vietnam
Huong Quynh Nguyen, Doctoral Fellow (World Trade Institute), Stephan Kyburz, Visiting Researcher (London School of Economics and Political Science)

Discussant for two papers: Johan Sulaeman, Associate Professor (NUS Business School)
5:00 PM
ADJOURN
5:45 PM
Shuttle bus arranged from NUS Business School to Dinner venue
6:00 PM
Dinner sponsored by ABFER
Venue: Kaz Japanese Fusion Sushi
35 Rochester Drive #02-12 Rochester Mall
Singapore 138639
8:00 PM
Shuttle bus arranged from Dinner venue back to NUS Business School
8:15 AM
Shuttle bus arranged from Park Avenue Rochester Hotel to NUS Business School
8:30 AM
Coffee/Tea
9:00 AM
Keynote Address:
Productivity drivers using sectoral data - Naoyuki Yoshino, Dean (ADBI)
10:00 AM
Break
10:30 AM
Session 3: Productivity and Finance
Session Chair: Johan Sulaeman, Associate Professor, Department of Finance (NUS Business School)

Listing and financial constraints
Kenichi Ueda, Associate Professor (University of Tokyo)

SME productivity and credit constraints: Evidence from China
Peter J. Morgan, Senior Consulting Economist (ADBI), Yan Zhang, Project Consultant (ADBI)

Discussant for two papers: Cristian Badarinza, Assistant Professor (NUS-Department Real Estate)
12:00 PM
Lunch
1:00 PM
Session 4: Data issues
Session Chair: Naoyuki Yoshino, Dean (ADBI)

Productivity Drivers in Europe. The CompNet firm-level based dataset
Filippo di Mauro, Visiting Fellow, Department of Strategy & Policy (NUS Business School)
1:30 PM
Participants will in turn briefly present their respective data sources and discuss possible additional sources:
New Zealand: Zheng Guanyu, Senior Advisor (New Zealand Productivity Commission)
China: Peter J. Morgan, Senior Consultant for Research (ADBI)
Japan: Kenichi Ueda, Associate Professor (University of Tokyo)
Malaysia: Ha Nguyen, Economist (World Bank-Malaysia Office)
Vietnam: Long Quang Trinh, Economist (ADBI)
Australia: Sasan Bakhtiari, Senior Economist (Australian Department of Industry, Innovation & Science)
3:45 PM
Break
4:00 PM
Session 5: Research issues, data needs and the way forward
Session Chair: Ha Nguyen, Economist (World Bank-Malaysia Office)

Measurement & benchmarking of productivity performance Based on 8Ms – Application to Retail and F&B Sectors
Toh Mun-Heng, Associate Professor, Strategy & Policy (NUS Business School)

Information Asymmetries in Cross-Border Real Estate
Cristian Badarinza, Assistant Professor (Department Real Estate, NUS)

Governance and firm innovative productivity: Analysing state-owned enterprises in China
Kenneth Huang, Associate Professor (Courtesy Appointment), Strategy & Policy (NUS Business School)

General discussion (including inputs from participating Policy Institutions)
5:00 PM
ADJOURN

Cristian Badarinza, Assistant Professor (Department Real Estate, NUS)
Filippo di Mauro, Visiting Fellow, Department of Strategy & Policy (NUS Business School)
Peter J. Morgan, Senior Consultant for Research (ADBI)
Ha Nguyen, Economist (World Bank-Malaysia Office)
Johan Sulaeman, Associate Professor, Department of Finance (NUS Business School)

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