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Publication type: Policy

Title: Options for Australia, France, India trilateral cooperation: building an Indian Ocean partnership

Author(s): Brewster, D,Medcalf, R,Baruah, D,Bondaz, A

Excerpt:

In this Policy Options Paper, the authors put forward options for Australia, France and India trilateral cooperation in the India Ocean. They outline four key areas of opportunity: regional disaster management arrangements; building an oil spill modelling and mitigation system; fisheries governance; and protection of undersea cables.

Date of publication: 2022

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Publication type: Policy

Title: Triple constellation: AUKUS in space

Author(s): Citowicki, P

Excerpt:

In this Policy Options Paper, Philip Citowicki puts forward a case for why Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom should work together, through AUKUS, to bolster their space capabilities using economies of scale and technology sharing.

Date of publication: 2022

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Publication type: Working paper

Title: Cash subsidies for the poor: Evaluating Thailand’s welfare card scheme

Author(s): Wannaphong Durongkaveroj

Excerpt:

This paper examines the poverty-reducing effect of a large-scale unconditional cash transfer program (“the state welfare card scheme”) launched by the government of Thailand in 2017 that covers over 20 per cent of the country’s population. The program’s impact on monetary poverty, measured by consumption expenditure per capita, is estimated using nationally representative household socio-economic survey data collected in 2019. Using a sharp regression discontinuity design, the study finds that the programme does not reduce monetary poverty, as intended.

Date of publication: 2022

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Publication type: Working paper

Title: Manufacturing productivity and firm ownership in a transition economy: Analytical issues and evidence from Vietnam

Author(s): Prema-chandra Athukorala,Hai Thanh Nguyen

Excerpt:

This paper contributes to the fledgling literature on firm ownership and manufacturing productivity in transition economies by drawing on the experience of Vietnam. The empirical analysis uses a new a new establishment-level panel dataset over the period 2006-2017.

Date of publication: 2022

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Publication type: Working paper

Title: Problems with recording the spread of COVID-19 in developing countries: Evidence from a phone survey in Indonesia

Author(s): Budy P. Resosudarmo,Rus'an Nasrudin,Pyan A. Muchtar,Usep Nugraha,Anna Falentina

Excerpt:

During the COVID-19 pandemic governments in developing countries tended to underestimate the actual spread of the pandemic due to limited number of tests. To provide alternative to the government announced COVID-19 figures, many non-governmental agencies/individuals used various methods to gather data on the spread of the pandemic. One of the methods applied is phone survey approach of directly asking respondents whether they are infected and how the sickness impacts on their livelihood.

Date of publication: 2022

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Publication type: Policy

Title: New options for trilateral cooperation in the Indo-Pacific: Australia-India-United Kingdom

Author(s): Brewster, D,Medcalf, R,Nouwens, V,Dave, A,Pant, H,Saha, P

Excerpt:

In this Policy Options Paper, the authors put forward a case for why it increasingly makes sense for Australia, India and the United Kingdom to work together on selected issues to help strengthen regional security and prosperity. They outline three key areas of opportunity: maritime cooperation in the Indian Ocean; regional infrastructure and connectivity, including in submarine cables; and cooperation in Central Bank Digital Currencies.

Date of publication: 2022

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Publication type: Policy

Title: China Inc. and Indonesia’s Technology Future

Author(s): van der Kley, D,Herscovitch, B,Priyandita, G

Excerpt:

In this Policy Options Paper, the authors outline China’s involvement in Indonesia’s digital development. They argue that Australia, and other Quad countries, should offer alternatives to the Chinese state-back technology and training.

Key Points

• Indonesia’s technology choices will impact the regional contest for influence and technological leadership. Australia and other Quad countries need to do more to positively shape these choices.

Date of publication: 2022

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Publication type: Project reports

Title: Regional collaborative arrangements in marine ecology in the Indo-Pacific

Author(s): Brewster, D,Bergin, A

Excerpt:

A new report co-directed by David Brewster and Anthony Bergin considers how Australia can enhance its support of the Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative. This Indian-led initiative aims to improve maritime cooperation in the Indo-Pacific in a range of areas, to support an open, inclusive, resilient, prosperous and rules-based maritime order. Australia is taking the lead in the marine ecology pillar of the initiative, while other Indo-Pacific partners are leading in areas such as security, infrastructure and resources.

Date of publication: 2022

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