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Additional Materials
  • Intraregional trade costs in Asia: a primer
  • Informal social protection and social development in Pacific Island countries: role of NGOs and civil society
  • Trade and emigration from a developing country: some evidence from Pakistan
  • An exploration on volatility across India and some developed and emerging equity markets
  • Estimation of the impact of rural roads on household welfare in Viet Nam

While much has been said about the need to promote intraregional trade and the importance of reducing associated trade costs, quantitative estimates of such costs have been lacking. In this paper a new comprehensive measure of international trade costs is applied to calculate, according to value, trade costs within and between four Asian subregions, including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). Extraregional trade costs of the four subregions with free trade areas outside Asia, such as the North American Free Trade Area (NAFTA) and the European Union (EU), as well as their trade costs with China, India and Japan are also calculated. The analysis concludes with an evaluation of the importance of tariffs in overall trade costs and with the identification of sharp differences across Asian subregions.

The Asia-Pacific Development Journal (APDJ) is published twice a year by the Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

The primary objective of the APDJ is to provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge, experience, ideas, information and data on all aspects of economic and social development issues and concerns facing the region and to stimulate policy debate and assist in the formulation of policy.

The development experience in the Asian and Pacific region has stood out as an extraordinary example of what can be achieved when policymakers, experts, scholars and people at large harness their creativity, knowledge and foresight. The Asia-Pacific Development Journal has been a proud partner in this process, providing a scholarly means for bringing together research work by eminent social scientists and development practitioners from the region and beyond for use by a variety of stakeholders. Over the years, the Journal has emerged as a key United Nations publication in telling the Asian and Pacific development story in a concise, coherent and impartial manner to stimulate policy debate and assist in the formulation of policy in the region.

Additional Materials
  • Intraregional trade costs in Asia: a primer
  • Informal social protection and social development in Pacific Island countries: role of NGOs and civil society
  • Trade and emigration from a developing country: some evidence from Pakistan
  • An exploration on volatility across India and some developed and emerging equity markets
  • Estimation of the impact of rural roads on household welfare in Viet Nam
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