Recent Publications and Resources

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Women’s Economic Participation in Peru: Achieving APEC Priorities for Gender Equality

USAID’s US-APEC Technical Assistance to Advance Regional Integration (US-ATAARI) activity prepared this report as part of APEC’s efforts to advance women’s economic empowerment. The assessment and report are framed around the five priority areas of the APEC Policy Partnership for Women and the Economy (PPWE): (1) access to capital and assets (2) access to markets (3) capacity, skills, and health, (4) leadership, voice and autonomy and (5) innovation and technology. The report complements Peru’s role as APEC host in 2016. Findings in this report articulate the strongest opportunities for effective, sustainable action that permits greater integration of women into long-term, ...
A Balancing Act: Cost-Benefit Analysis of Reforming India's Legal Services Market

A Balancing Act: Cost-Benefit Analysis of Reforming India’s Legal Services Market

“The legal services sector is one of the most restricted sectors, not only in India but also across the world,” this report for the British High Commission finds. “Most regulations including restrictions on the advertisement of legal services, organizational forms that are permissible, and the practicing of domestic law by foreign lawyers and law firms have been in force in the country for more than 50 years.” “Using information collected on perceptions of costs and benefits of reforms through a survey of business enterprises and law firms (consumers and providers of legal services), and secondary research, this study finds that ...
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Industrial Game Over: Can Low-Income Countries Grow through Services Rather than Industry?

In a global economy with fewer opportunities to industrialize, low-income countries will need to embed the service sector in their vision for inclusive growth. Marco Antonielli, a consultant at Nathan Associates in London, explores the challenges that low-income countries face to industrialize and the opportunities for inclusive growth in the service sector ...
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From Rice Bowl to Food Basket: Three Pillars for Modernizing Myanmar’s Agricultural and Food Sector

The Myanmar government’s new strategy for the agricultural and food sector uses a market-led, value-chain approach that has been tailored for Myanmar based on the approach’s success throughout Asia.  In preparation for the launch of Myanmar’s strategy, the USAID-funded Private Sector Development Activity supported the National Economic and Social Advisory Council to develop a white paper, From Rice Bowl to Food Basket: Three Pillars for Modernizing Myanmar’s Agricultural and Food Sector, published in April 2016.  The approach modernizes (1) input delivery, (2) agricultural production, and (3) output markets and supply chains. Together, these elements constitute the agrifood value chain. To achieve such ...
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Nathan Associates Inc. Rule 10b-5 Assessment Report

Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Halliburton v. Erica P. John Fund, Nathan Associates has been tracking financial and economic data on securities class action cases filed for alleged violations of Section 10b of the Exchange Act. This report, issued semiannually, provides our analysis of these data and our estimates of exposure and potential investor losses stemming from those alleged violations ...
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SME Financing- How to Topic Guide

This guide focuses on the financial instruments available to help bridge the financing gap for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), reviewing existing financing programs and their impacts and drawing out lessons learned. The guide explores how governments and development partners have stepped in to address market failures through financial instruments, complementary market infrastructure, and regulatory initiatives provides an in-depth review of specific financial sector instruments (ranging from the traditional to the innovative) and will consider what works and why, with whom and under what conditions makes recommendations as to how SME financing programs could be structured including sequencing and preconditions ...
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Monitoring and Implementing AEC Investment Policy in ASEAN’s Regional Treaties

This report examines ASEAN’s regional investment agreements.The report looks in particular at provisions for information transparency and coordination, at areas of incompatibility between regional treaties and bilateral treaties, and at the discharge of monitoring, coordination and implementation functions ...
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ASEAN Services Liberalization Beyond 2015: Assessment and Recommendations

This report presents recommendations for approaches to and provisions for the liberalization of trade in an ASEAN Trade in Services Agreement (ATISA) ...