Governance and Regional Economic Integration in Asia from a European Perspective
Robert F. Owen
Professor of Economics, University of Nantes France
June 28 (Mon.) 5 pm - 6:30 pm
10-301, 3F Building 10
The point of departure for an analysis of the stakes of regional economic integration in Asia is an assessment of the current state, and recent evolution, of governance and regional economic integration in Asia relative to the European Union. This comparison suggests a certain number of critical shortfalls in the quality of national governance for specific countries, as well as the relatively modest pace of regional economic cooperation, economic integration and market liberalization in Asia, relative to the transformed European economic environment, which has included, notably, the recent expansion of the EU to include twenty-seven member states. The analysis then highlights key conceptual issues related to specific mechanisms which determine how national and regional governance potentially impacts the international economic process, along with national economic performance and competitiveness, as well as the collective returns to regional economic cooperation and integration. Alternative scenarios for achieving a “Single Asian Market” are envisaged, while spelling out critical elements in the associated policy agendas aimed at the interrelated objectives of realizing improved national and regional governance, as well as fostering heightened market integration and enhanced economic performance across the Asia.
Since 1991, Dr. Robert F. Owen has been Professor of Economics at the University of Nantes. He earned his B.A. (with Honors) in 1974 from Swarthmore College and his PhD from Princeton University in 1981 where his principal field of specialization was international economics and finance. His areas of research and teaching interest are European economic integration, industrial economics, macroeconomics, public finance, and the economics of technological innovations and networks.
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