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Asia-Pacific Regional Integration Index: Construction, Interpretation, and Comparison

Hyeon-Seung Huh () and Cyn-Young Park ()
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Hyeon-Seung Huh: Yonsei University

No 511, ADB Economics Working Paper Series from Asian Development Bank

Abstract: We develop an index to measure the degree of regional integration in Asia and the Pacific (48 economies in six subregions). The index comprises 26 indicators in six dimensions of regional integration, i.e., trade and investment, money and finance, regional value chains, infrastructure and connectivity, free movement of people, and institutional and social integration. We use principal component analysis to apportion a weight to each dimension and indicator to construct composite indexes. The resulting indexes help assess the state of regional integration on diverse socioeconomic dimensions, evaluate progress against goals, identify strengths and weaknesses, and track progress. Cross-country, cross-regional comparisons also allow policy makers to prioritize areas for further efforts.

Keywords: Asia; composite index; regional integration (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F10 F30 O10 O50 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017-04-30
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