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The Asia-Pacific Sustainable Development Journal is published twice a year by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. It aims to stimulate debate and enrich research in the formulation of policy in the Asia-Pacific region towards the fulfillment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In this issue:

What impedes structural transformation in Asia?
Kunal Sen

External sector liberalization, financial development and income in South Asia
Guna Raj Bhatta

The impact of foreign direct investment on income inequality: a panel Autogressive Distributed Lag approach for the Asia- Pacific Economic Cooperation developing economies
Kalaichelvi Ravinthirakumaran and Navaratnam Ravinthirakumaran

Envisioning tax policy for accelerated development in India
M. Govinda Rao and Sudhanshu Kumar

Contract farming, agriculture productivity and poverty reduction: evidence from tea estates in Viet Nam
Anh Tru Nguyen, Janet Dzator and Andrew Nadolny