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Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2006   
Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2006

Energizing the global economy

UNITED NATIONS

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United Nations.

Paper  Back Book   :   Pages : 250
2006  Edition         :   ISBN - 81-7188-569-1
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ABOUT THE BOOK :

The growth rate of the global economy slowed to 3.2 per cent in 2005 down from the 4.0 growth rate in 2004; the growth rate of ESCAP developing countries also decelerated moderately in 2005, primarily as a result of high oil prices and a softening of growth in global trade.

Prospects for 2006 are for growth in the region to maintain its current momentum and for price pressures to abate slightly, provided oil prices do not increase significantly and global external imbalances do not unwind suddenly. Prospects for the ESCAP region also would be affected if avian influenza develops into a human pandemic.

Efforts are needed both at the regional and national levels to ensure that the benefits of high growth in the region are passed on to the poor by creating opportunities for decent employment for all. It is only then that the problems of the working poor, jobless growth and youth unemployment, which are haunting the region, will be addressed properly.


CONTENTS IN DETAIL :

Foreword

Executive summary

   

I.

Global and regional economic developments and prospects:
implications for the ESCAP region

Overview

The international environment

Trade

Capital flows

Oil prices: a new oil shock?

The problem of global imbalances

Is there a property bubble in the region?

The challenge of avian influenza

The issue of inequality

Remittances: a resource for development

The outcome of the Sixth WTO Ministerial Conference

 

II.

Macroeconomic performance, issues and policies

Regional overview

Near-term policy issues

Medium-term policy issues

Developing countries

East and North-East Asia

North and Central Asia

Pacific island economies

South and South-West Asia

South-East Asia

Least developed countries

South Asia

South-East Asia

Developed countries

Australia, Japan and New Zealand

 

III.

Emerging unemployment issues in Asia and the Pacific:
rising to the challenges

Introduction

Unemployment: dismal performance relative to outstanding economic achievements 

Sectoral composition of employment: agriculture is still the main provider

Underemployment: hidden and high

Child labour: an issue of poverty

Jobless growth: neglecting the people

Trade liberalization: some employment opportunities with the right policies

The working poor: barely surviving

Small and medium-sized enterprises and employment

Youth unemployment: brains drained and wasted

Multiple causes

Unemployment among educated youth

Policy responses: balanced approach and refocused action

Improving the macroeconomic environment

Addressing labour-related issues

Measures for labour market-related institutional development

Conclusion

 

Annex

Statistical tables

 

Boxes

II.1

The new scenario for textile and clothing exports from China

II.2

Lack of economic growth and employment opportunities in Pacific island countries

II.3

Thirteenth summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation: high priority for fighting poverty, managing natural disasters and combating terrorism

II.4

Singapore: restructuring for the future

II.5

The labour market in Asian least developed countries

II.6

Duty-free and quota-free market access for products originating from least developed countries

III.1

The impact of employment-protection legislation on employment generation

III.2

The hukou system and its impact on the mobility of labour in China

III.3

Free trade and employment

III.4

Youth Employment Network

III.5

Employment insurance system in the Republic of Korea

III.6

Looking beyond the information technology sector in India

 

Tables

I.1

Selected indicators of global economic conditions, 2002-2006

I.2

Price trends of major commodities, 2001-2005

I.3

Net capital flows of developing countries and of all Asian developing countries, 1995-2005

I.4

Global oil consumption

I.5

Impact of a $10 increase in oil prices on selected Asian economies

I.6

Three simulated impacts of a rise in the federal funds rate on GDP growth

I.7

Change in real estate prices in selected Asian and Pacific economies from 2004 to 2005

I.8

Receipts of workers’ remittances, foreign direct investment, official development assistance and merchandise exports for selected developing countries of the Asian and Pacific region

II.1

Rates of economic growth and inflation in selected Asian and Pacific economies, 2003-2006

III.1

Labour-market indicators

III.2

Employment by major economic sector in selected economies, 1990 and 2003

III.3

Employment in the rural informal economy of selected Asian countries

III.4

Child labour, level of income and adult literacy in selected Asian countries, 2003

III.5

Compulsory education and minimum working age

III.6

Employment elasticities and labour productivity in selected Asian countries, 1980s and 1990s

III.7

Extent of employment protection in selected Asian countries

III.8

Shares of the working poor in total employment

III.9

Share in employment and GDP of small and medium-sized enterprises in selected countries: average 1990-1999

III.10

Youth unemployment by subregion and world, 2004

III.11

Share of total unemployment by education level in selected economies in 2000

 

Figures

I.1

Current account balances for selected economies, 2004-2005

I.2

Federal funds rate, 2004Q1-2007Q4

II.1

Relative openness of selected Asian and Pacific economies

II.2

GDP and sectoral growth in selected East and North-East Asian economies, 2003-2005

II.3

Savings and investment in selected East and North-East Asian economies, 2003-2005

II.4

Inflation and growth of money supply in selected East and North-East Asian economies, 2003-2005

II.5

Budget balance in selected East and North-East Asian economies, 2003-2005

II.6

Growth rates in merchandise export earnings and import spending in East and North-East Asian economies, 2003-2005

II.7

Current account balance in selected East and North-East Asian economies, 2003-2005

II.8

Index of exchange rates against the United States dollar in selected East and North-East Asian economies, 1996-2005

II.9

GDP and sectoral growth in North and Central Asian economies, 2003-2005

II.10

Budget balance in North and Central Asian economies, 2003-2005

II.11

Inflation in North and Central Asian economies, 2003-2005

II.12

Current account balance in North and Central Asian economies, 2003-2005

II.13

Growth rates in merchandise export earnings and import spending in North and Central Asian economies, 2003-2005

II.14

Index of exchange rates against the United States dollar in selected North and Central Asian economies, 1996-2005

II.15

GDP and sectoral growth in selected Pacific island economies, 2003-2005

II.16

Budget balance in selected Pacific island economies, 2003-2005

II.17

Inflation and money supply growth in selected Pacific island economies, 2003-2005

II.18

Growth rates in merchandise export earnings and import spending in selected Pacific island economies, 2003-2005

II.19

Current account balance in selected Pacific island economies, 2003-2005

II.20

Index of exchange rates against the United States dollar in selected Pacific island economies, 1996-2005

II.21

GDP and sectoral growth in selected South and South-West Asian economies, 2003-2005

II.22

Savings and investment in selected South and South-West Asian economies, 2003-2005

II.23

Inflation and money supply growth in selected South and South-West Asian economies, 2003-2005

II.24

Budget balance and current account balance in selected South and South-West Asian economies, 2003-2005

II.25

Growth rates in merchandise export earnings and import spending in selected South and South-West Asian economies, 2003-2005

II.26

Index of exchange rates against the United States dollar in selected South and South-West Asian economies, 1996-2005

II.27

GDP and sectoral growth in selected South-East Asian economies, 2003-2005

II.28

Savings and investment in selected South-East Asian economies, 2003-2005

II.29

Budget balance in selected South-East Asian economies, 2003-2005

II.30

Inflation and money supply growth in selected South-East Asian economies, 2003-2005

II.31

Growth rates in merchandise export earnings and import spending in selected South-East Asian economies, 2003-2005

II.32

Current account balance in selected South-East Asian economies, 2003-2005

II.33

Index of exchange rates against the United States dollar in selected South-East Asian economies, 1996-2005

II.34

GDP and sectoral growth in selected least developed countries in South and South-West Asia, 2003-2005

II.35

Savings and investment in selected least developed countries in South and South-West Asia, 2003-2005

II.36

Budget balance in least developed countries in South and South-West Asia, 2003-2005

II.37

Inflation and money supply growth in least developed countries in South and South-West Asia, 2003-2005

II.38

Growth rates in merchandise export earnings and import spending in least developed countries in South and South-West Asia, 2003-2005

II.39

Current account balance in least developed countries in South and South-West Asia, 2003-2005

II.40

Index of exchange rates against the United States dollar in selected least developed countries in South and South-West Asia, 2003-2005

II.41

GDP and sectoral growth in selected least developed countries in South-East Asia, 2003-2005

II.42

Savings and investment in selected least developed countries in South-East Asia, 2003-2005

II.43

Budget balance in least developed countries in South-East Asia, 2003-2005

II.44

Inflation and money supply growth in least developed countries in South-East Asia, 2003-2005

II.45

Growth rates in merchandise export earnings and import spending in least developed countries in South-East Asia, 2003-2005

II.46

Current account balance in least developed countries in South-East Asia, 2003-2005

II.47

Index of exchange rates against the United States dollar in least developed countries in South-East Asia, 1996-2005

II.48

Economic growth and inflation in developed countries of the Asian and Pacific region, 2003-2005

II.49

Consumption and investment in developed countries of the Asian and Pacific region, 2003-2005

II.50

Short-term interest rates and money supply growth in developed countries of the Asian and Pacific region, 2003-2005

II.51

Budget balance in developed countries of the Asian and Pacific region, 2003-2005

II.52

Current account balance in developed countries of the Asian and Pacific region, 2003-2005

II.53

Growth rates in merchandise export earnings and import spending in developed countries in the Asian and Pacific region, 2003-2005

II.54

Index of exchange rates against the United States dollar in developed countries, 1996-2005

III.1

Sectoral shares of employment in Asia and the Pacific, 1950 and 1990

III.2

Relationship between average unemployment rate and GDP growth rate for 29 countries in Asia and the Pacific, 1990-2003

III.3

Income shares in total employment by Asian subregion and world in 2003

 

 

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