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Asia and Japan: Trading into the Future Asia and Japan are in the midst of the most ambitious trade negotiations in recent history, such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement and the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. These trade pacts will profoundly impact the economies of Asia as they will allow for a freer exchange of goods and services, thereby boosting the region's competitiveness and growth. To analyze the latest developments in trade negotiations, as well as to provide an overview of the latest economic research on the topic, ADBI and the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry co-hosted a panel discussion of leading trade experts moderated by ADBI Dean Naoyuki Yoshino in Tokyo on 18 April. Read more.

Mongolia's Path to Prosperity Mongolia's Path to Prosperity

A new Asia Pathways post by Sebastian Paust, a senior adviser to the managing board of Deutsche Gessellschaft fur International Zusammenarbeit, explores how regional integration can help drive Mongolia's economic development. Read more.

Determinants of Rural Wage Rates in Java: How to Reduce Rural Poverty

Determinants of Rural Wage Rates in Java: How to Reduce Rural Poverty Many solutions have been proposed to reduce rural poverty, but because the poorest rural citizens lack capital and their only real asset is their labor, reducing poverty requires raising wage rates. At an ADBI seminar on 10 April, Rick Barichello, a professor at the University of British Columbia, examined how agricultural wage rates are related to agricultural commodity prices and manufacturing wage rates. Read more.

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Updated 18 April 2014
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