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Economic Integration in East Asia: Trends, Prospects, and a Possible Roadmap


  • B. Rana Pradumna

    (Senior Advisor, Office of Regional Economic Integration, Asian Development Bank)


This paper, which is a revised version of the ADB Working Paper on Regional Economic Integration No. 2, reviews trends in East Asian regionalism in the areas of trade and investment, money and finance, and infrastructure. It finds that trade and, to a lesser extent, financial integration is starting to increase in the region. It also finds that business cycles are starting to be more synchronized, enhancing the case for further monetary integration among these countries. The paper also outlines a roadmap for East Asian integration.

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  • B. Rana Pradumna, 2007. "Economic Integration in East Asia: Trends, Prospects, and a Possible Roadmap," Economic Growth Centre Working Paper Series 0701, Nanyang Technological University, School of Social Sciences, Economic Growth Centre.
  • Handle: RePEc:nan:wpaper:0701

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