Newsletter - January 2019


Upcoming event

Why Facts and Think Tanks Matter: Focus on Building a Sustainable Future - Forum to launch the 2018 Global Go to Think Tank Index Report
The event is co-organized by ESCAP; ARTNeT; Chula Global Network, Chulalongkorn University; International Institute for Trade and Development and Mekong Institute. The forum will be discussing the role of think tanks and policy institutes in providing a public service of shifting through falsehood and truths, in being policy shapers, in particular look at the role of “factfulness” in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More...

Call for essays

IMF Finance and development essay competition
(Deadline: 31 Jan)
This competition is open to all graduate students worldwide, and those who have graduated from a master’s degree program or higher in 2018. More...

From our partners & members 

Journal of Global Economic Analysis 
The Journal provides an open access, peer-reviewed platform for publication and dissemination of innovations concerning applied general equilibrium modeling. The Journal is an online-only periodical and is published by our partner, the Center for Global Trade Analysis. More...
The effect of free trade agreements revisited: Does residual trade cost bias matter?
This paper revisits a prominent gravity model‐based empirical literature on the effects of free trade agreements by accounting for a potential bias caused by unobservable trade costs that operate through general equilibrium constraints. More...
Regulatory Implications of Multilateral Trade Liberalisation for the Global Services Market: The Case of the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA)
The study from our member KIEP aims to investigate the normative and economic implications of multilateral market openings and regulatory harmonisation of the global services sectors beyond the bilateral and WTO/GATS frameworks. More
Restrictiveness of Services Trade Policy and the Sustainable Development Goals
The paper from our partner ADBI shows that prevailing services, trade and investment policies affect access to services that matter for the realization of a number of SDGs: lower trade restrictiveness is an instrument that can enhance the performance of domestic services sectors. This implies that pursuit of the UN's SDGs should include a focus on facilitating trade and investment in services. More...
Promoting Cross-border E-Trade Under the Framework of RTAs/FTAs
This report from our partner APEC reviews cases of e-trade and cross-border e-trade development in the APEC region, analyzes e-trade and cross-border e-trade measures/ provisions in selected RTAs/FTAs, researches three best practices of cross-border e-trade under the framework of RTAs/FTAs, addresses critical challenges in promoting cross-border e-trade, and puts forward several recommendations on how to promote cross-border e-trade under RTAs/FTAs, potential measures/ provisions in future RTA/FTA negotiations as well as promoting the possible realization of FTAAP from the e-trade facilitation perspective. More...

ARTNeT people on the move

ARTNeT secretariat expresses congratulations to Dr Alberto Posso for his promotion to full Professorship of Economics in Australia’s Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University), an ARTNeT institutional member.
As an ARTNeT advisor for three years, Dr Posso contributed as both a reviewer and author of the background paper “Preferential Trade Agreements with labour provisions and labour market outcomes: Evidence from Asia and the Pacific” (2017) under the project “Enhancing the Contribution of Preferential Trade Agreements to Inclusive and Equitable Trade”.
Aside from his work on International Economics, Dr Posso’s research touches on labour markets, health and financial inclusion. His most recent publications include “The health consequences of hazardous and nonhazardous child labor” featured in the Review of Development Economics, “Thinking inside the box: A closer look at financial inclusion and household income” published in the Journal of Development Studies, and “Beyond monetary benefits of restoring sight in Vietnam: Evaluating well-being gains from cataract surgery” published in PLoS ONE. Overall, Dr Posso has over 40 peer-reviewed publications as well as a dozen consultancy reports for governments and international organisations.
When asked about how this promotion might impact his engagement with ARTNeT, Dr Posso stated: ‘I am excited to continue working with ARTNeT despite this new demanding post.’ He also expresses his gratitude to ARTNeT for providing an arena for academic economists to catalyze real change.

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