The East Asian Bureau of Economic Research is a forum for high-quality economic research focussing on issues facing the economies of East Asia. It comprises representatives from Japan, China, South Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia and Australia. The rapid development of the East Asian economies, the growth of intra-regional trade, financial and other economic interaction, and East Asia's new role in the global economy all underline the need for access to a vastly increased range of quality economic analysis on East Asia.

EABER-SABER Newsletter

March, 2015
East Asian Bureau of Economic Research
Bank Indonesia (BI) surprised everyone when it eased monetary policy at its February meeting. Moving into line with global trends, it cut the policy interest rate by 25 basis points to 7.5 per cent, even though analysts had predicted no change. While the change is surprising, it has a sound rationale but is not without risk. Recent developments are supportive of a more benign inflation picture. BI follows a forward-looking inflation targeting policy regime. Headline inflation is declining more quickly than expected with the February rate at 6.3 per cent. It seems the feed through of the November fuel price hikes were largely one-off and the strong dollar has not shaped inflation.

Recent Papers

Name Author Date published
The economic impact of the Australia-United States free trade agreement Shiro Armstrong February 2015
Are Free Trade Agreements Making Swiss Cheese of Australia's Foreign Investment Regime? Shiro Armstrong, Sam Reinhardt, Tom Westland November 2014
Effectiveness of the Easing of Monetary Policy in the Japanese Economy, Incorporating Energy Prices Naoyuki Yoshino, Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary November 2014
Dynamic Analysis of Exchange Rate Regimes: Policy Implications for Emerging Countries in Asia Naoyuki Yoshino, Sahoko Kaji, Tamon Asonuma October 2014
Japan’s foreign economic policy strategies and economic performance Peter Drysdale and Shiro Armstrong October 2014
Connecting South and Southeast Asia: Implementation Challenges and Coordination Arrangements Moe Thuzar, Rahul Mishra, Francis Hutchinson, Tin Maung Maung Than, Termsak Chalermpalanupap September 2014
Connecting South Asia and Southeast Asia: A Bangladesh Country Study Mustafizur Rahman, Khondaker Golam Moazzem, Mehruna Islam Chowdhury, Farzana Sehrin September 2014
Response of Stock Markets to Monetary Policy: An Asian Stock Market Perspective Naoyuki Yoshino, Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary, Ali Hassanzadeh, Ahmad Danu Prasetyo September 2014
From Global Factory to Global Mall: East Asia’s Changing Trade Composition Matthias Helble, Boon-Loong Ngiang August 2014
Economic Implications of Deeper South Asian–Southeast Asian Integration: A CGE Approach Ganeshan Wignaraja, Peter Morgan, Michael Plummer, Fan Zhai August 2014
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