The Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) invites submission of proposals for an ERIA study on COVID-19 and its implications for the regional economy.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had serious economic consequences. The global economy is predicted to experience a deep contraction as the result of the temporary closure of production units and a drop in demand due to social distancing occurring at the same time. In the context of the regional economy, especially in East Asia and Southeast Asia, there has been disruption in supply chain performance and there have been predictions of a more costly network of production in the period after the pandemic. The pandemic may accelerate the adoption of more advanced technology by multinationals to substitute labour-intensive operations or to reorganise their production units between countries within the region. Looking from a country perspective, a challenge shared by many countries is to keep the production side alive while demand has not yet fully recovered. But there is a real risk here if the drop in demand is prolonged and does not fully recover to level of the pre-pandemic period.
ERIA’s research on COVID-19 and regional economic integration examines various issues relevant to maintaining or protecting the elements, mechanisms, or objectives of regional economic integration in East and Southeast Asia. Such a study can address issues at the country or regional level, as long as it contributes to a greater understanding and achieve the objective. Such study could also discuss policy initiatives or utilise most recent data to examine particular issues.
The scope of proposals can be expanded to cover more issues on demand side of an economy as well as those of development more generally, such as household behaviour or people’s life in the ‘new normal’ after the pandemic, human capital/labour issues, social protection and inclusiveness, etc. Scope of the research therefore covers wide area of research, but the research questions shall converge to fulfilling the objective of the research.
ERIA provides financial support up to a maximum of US$ 9,000 per study for selected proposals, depending on the type or nature of research proposed (e.g. policy discussion paper or empirical study based on a quantitative approach, etc.).
All studies are expected to be fully completed by December 2020, with varying dates of submission depending on the type or nature of the study.
For more information, visit ERIA.
Name of the Organisation
Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)
Grant Amount
USD 9,000
Closing date of Proposal
Monday, 17 August, 2020
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