Matthias' research interests include international trade, health, infrastructure financing, and urban economics. He has published ten books, including with Oxford University Press. Matthias' research has appeared in flagship publications of international organizations as well as in books and scientific journals. Before joining ADBI in 2013, he was a Senior Economist at ADBI. Matthias previously worked as economist for the World Bank, the World Health Organization, the World Trade Organization, and the UN.
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Vaccination programs and travel bubbles are still in their infancy. They could help revive tourism in Asia and the Pacific but governments need to pave the way with the right policies.
Ази тивийн хөгжиж буй орнуудын хувьд эдийн засгаа сэргээж, зах зээлээ нээхийн тулд вакциныг тэгш хүртээмжтэйгээр нэвтрүүлэх нь нэн чухал болоод байна. Вакцинжуулалтын бодлогыг оновчтой боловсруулснаар Азийн эдийн засгийн сэргэлтийг түргэсгэж, дэлхий дахинд эерэг өөрчлөлтийг авчирч чадна.
Ensuring equitable access to vaccines is crucial for developing countries in Asia to reopen their economies and recover. Well-designed policies will speed the rebound of Asian economies and have impacts that span the globe.
Promoting domestic travel and using “travel bubbles” will help throw a lifeline to the region's struggling tourism industry.
The 1918 flu, World War II and the Great Depression all provide important lessons for dealing with COVID-19 and its wide ranging effects across society.
The Asia-Pacific region has the expertise and resources to take a leadership role in not only developing a COVID-19 vaccine but distributing it to those who need it most.