Asia’s Development over 50 Years


About the Webinar

The webinar will launch a new book by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) entitled Asia’s Journey to Prosperity: Policy, Market and Technology over 50 Years. The webinar will examine critical elements behind the success of Asia and the Pacific’s economic development. It will cover a variety of angles ranging from the standard structural transformation and market and government nexus, to specific determinants such as gender empowerment, infrastructure development, and climate resilience. In addition, to draw upon the comprehensive review of existing literature, the analyses utilises new types of data, such as the economic complexity database. A soft copy of the book can be downloaded from ADB’s website.

About the Speaker

Yasuyuki Sawada is Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Director General of its Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department. He is chief spokesperson on economic and development trends, and leads the production of ADB’s flagship knowledge products and support for regional cooperation fora. Before joining ADB, Dr Sawada was Professor of Economics at the University of Tokyo, and has led numerous large-scale development policy evaluation projects for various institutions. His key research areas are development economics, microeconometrics, economics of disasters, and field surveys and experiments. Dr Sawada obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University.

About the Discussants

Hal Hill is the H.W. Arndt Professor Emeritus of the Southeast Asian Economies at the Crawford School, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University (ANU). His main research interest is Southeast Asian economic development. He serves on various boards and committees, including the Honorary Board (Dewan Kehormatan) of the Bank Indonesia Institute, the Council of the East Asian Economic Association (of which he is President in 2020-21), and boards at the ANU, Macquarie University, and Monash University. He is the author/editor of 20 books and about 170 journal articles and book chapters. He has a PhD in Economics from the ANU.

Jenny Corbett is Emeritus Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy and the inaugural Rio Tinto Fellow for the Foundation for Australia-Japan Studies, based at the University of Tokyo. She is also Professorial Fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute of Griffith University. She was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Research Training) from 2012 to 2016 and Director of the ANU Japan Institute 2016-17. Before that she was the Executive Director of the Australia-Japan Research Centre, at the Crawford School from 2005 to 2012. She is also Reader in the Economy of Japan at the University of Oxford where she has taught since 1983, a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR, London) and a Research Associate of the Centre for Japanese Economy and Business at Columbia University. She has a PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan.


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Jul 30 2020


10:00 am - 11:30 am