One of the most extraordinary examples of the use of economic principles comes from the beginning of the 19th century, when England used to send a huge number of prisoners to Australia. The…

Eliana Cardoso |

The World Bank released its annual Doing Business report (pdf) last week which tracks regulatory reforms for conducting business and ranks countries based on their ease of doing business.…

Joe Qian |

Protectionism is on the rise all over the world, thanks or should we say “no thanks” to the global economic crisis.  Last November, G-20 leaders pledged to fight protectionism. Yet, according to…

Zahid Hussain |

This is the latest installment of the regional round-up and it has been a while.  However, there has not been much groundbreaking news related to the financial crisis to report, with a few…

James Seward |

Declining revenue of tuk-tuk drivers in Cambodia shows even the informal sector isn't insulated. Growth forecasts in Cambodia are generating a fair bit of confusion. Many simply question…

Stéphane Guimbert |

I'm sorry it has been a while since the last East Asia & Pacific regional roundup. A lot has happened, so let's get right to it. As usual, the downward trends continue across the…

James Seward |

The global slowdown is hurting Cambodia's tourism industry, with fewer visitors in late 2008 than in the same period of 2007. Image credit: flydime at Flickr under a Creative Commons license…

Stéphane Guimbert |

Cambodia developed an interesting model that enabled it to develop its garments industry in the mid-1990s through a deal with the US.

Stéphane Guimbert |