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.
Contact person: Filippo di Mauro
NTU EGC Seminar 2018 - Firm level-based productivity analysis: creating a dataset for Asia