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 a Professor at Monash University Malaysia. He has been a Professor of Development Economics at the University of Malaya, visiting fellow at Oxford, Manchester, Reading and Mindanao State Universities and research member of IZA (Bonn) and the Centre on Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) (Manchester).


2022 Media:

  • Business FM radio (Malaysia) interview: Reversing The Brain Drain In Malaysia, 28 Dec 2022.
  • Business FM radio (Malaysia) interview: Malaysia’s New Employment Act, 30 Aug 2022. 
  • Business FM radio (Malaysia) interview:  Let them eat chicken (…but not at reduced prices), 4 July 2022.
  • Nature Magazine interview: How climate change could drive an increase in gender-based violence, 15 July 2022. 
  • The Economist  interview: New transport infrastructure helps South Asian women into work, 7 July 2022.
  • Business FM radio (Malaysia) interview: Why accuracy in labor statistics is important, 16 June 2022. 
  • Business FM radio (Malaysia) interview: Why the discrepancy for Bangladeshi workers? 3 June 2022. 
  • Business FM radio (Malaysia) interview: Should we make rest days mandatory, 6 May 2022. 
  • The Edge Financial Daily (Malaysia) interview: Malaysia’s ratification of ILO Protocol of 2014 a good start in combatting forced labour, 4 April  
  • Business FM radio (Malaysia) interview: How to recover from pandemic learning loss, 18 Mar 2022.
  • The Edge Financial Daily (Malaysia) interview: The State Of The Nation: Collective effort necessary to eliminate malnourishment among children, 21 Mar 2022.
  • The Edge Financial Daily (Malaysia) interview: The State Of The Nation: Battling the silent, longer-term threats to the country’s growth post-Covid-19, 21 Mar 2022.
  • Astro TV (Malaysia) interview: Displaced for development (on poverty in indigenous Mah Meri communities), 4 Feb 2022.

2022 Activities:

  • Organization of a session on Inequality and Public Policy in Asia during the GLO Global Conference 2022 on December 3, 2022:  COMPLETE SESSION DETAILS
  • 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.

2021 Media:

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.