South-East Asia

This GLO Cluster will focus on the following pressing issues in a South-East Asian context: the impact of foreign labor on native employment; work conditions and rights of migrant workers;  school-to-work transition and graduate/youth unemployment; trends in income and education inequality; market returns to education and skills; women’s participation in the economy; and labor market implications of population ageing.

Cluster Lead: Niaz Asadullah

Niaz Asadullah is Professor of Development Economics at the University of Malaya and Visiting Fellow at Oxford and Reading Universities. Previously he has worked at Reading University as an Assistant Professor of Economics, BRAC (research and evaluation division) as a Distinguished Fellow, BRAC University (Institute of Governance Studies) as a Senior Fellow and has held visiting positions at Harvard University (Centre for International Development) and Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS).

2022 Activities:

  • Special issue: The Jurnal Ekonomi Malaysia will publish a special issue on “Inequality and Public Policy in Asia” in collaboration with the GLO Southeast Asia Cluster under the direction of its GLO Cluster Lead M Niaz Asadullah (Guest Editor). Submission deadline is June 30, 2022. Call for Papers.
  • 04; 19: GLO SE Asia to Celebrate 51st Birthday of Bangladesh jointly with North South University, Bashundhara City, Bangladesh
  • 03; 25:  GLO South-East Asia Youth Policy Forum. Invitation and Program.

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2021 Activities:

  • 10; 29: GLO South-East Asia Cluster. Webinar on “Predicting learning continuity during the COVID-19 epidemic using machine learning models.” INFO & Registration.
  • 4; 9: College of Population Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. GLO East Asia Cluster Webinar on Promoting Well-being During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

2020 Media:

2020 Activities:

  • 06; 25: Special COVID-19 webinar by GLO Southeast Asia Lead Professor Niaz Asadullah on the human capital crisis caused by the pandemic in Bangladesh. Niaz will share his preliminary findings from a nationwide survey conducted in collaboration with Brac Institute of Governance and Development.
  • 02;10: Niaz Asadullah gave a talk at the Department of Economics of East West University in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on “Labor Economics for Southeast Asia“. Report.

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2017 Activities:

  • 10; 10-11: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 3rd International Conference on Social Protection – Migration, Development and Social Welfare: Implications and New Insights“. Special GLO session. Details.
  • 8; 21-22: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. International Conference on Applied Economics and Policy (ICAEP) 2017. Special GLO session. Details.
  • 8; 10-11: Jakarta, Indonesia. Indonesia Development Forum (IDF) conference on “Fighting Inequality for Better Growth“. Details.

Below: GLO Lead for South-East Asia Niaz Asadullah (Malaya University) in Manila (Philippines) during a conference in August 2018.

Below: GLO Lead for South-East Asia Niaz Asadullah (right, Malaya University) and GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann (UNU-MERIT and Bonn University) at Jinan University during the first IESR – GLO Labor Workshop on March 13, 2018 in Guangzhou.