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.
Matthias' research interests include international trade, health, infrastructure financing, and urban economics. He has published eight 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 research 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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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.
Many workers will be displaced and many businesses will close as a result of the slowdown caused by COVID-19. Providing support to those affected gives them a fighting chance.
Viet Nam is a particularly good case to measure the impact on income inequality of rising trade with the People's Republic of China.
It’s time to lift trade barriers that jack up prices of health products and curb the free flow of drugs, vaccines, and medical equipment.