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Production Networks and Changing Trade and Investment Patterns:
The Economic Emergence of China and India and Implications for Asia and Singapore


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The Singapore Centre for Applied and Policy Economics (SCAPE) was established in February 2005 within the Department of Economics of the National University of Singapore.  Its mission is to carry out rigorous, independent and timely economic research that will serve as the basis for economic policy formulation in Singapore and Asia.  The Centre’s key areas of research are: macroeconomics and modelling, manpower issues, public economics and social policy, and experimental and behavioural economics.  

The setting up of SCAPE is intended to fulfill an important need for more rigorous policy studies on the many economic challenges and issues confronting Singapore and Asian countries.  Such issues include labour market and manpower issues, innovation and technology adoption issues, macroeconomic and trade policies, aging issues, and health and education reforms.  

Since its inception, SCAPE has published its research findings in the SCAPE working paper series and various leading academic journals.  It has also conducted many collaborative research projects with the public sector, as well as local and international organisations such as the World Bank.  Examples of SCAPE’s research projects include studies on the effectiveness of manpower training, the returns to education, and the cost and demand for private school transport in Singapore; aging and its impact on economic growth in Singapore; the viability of reverse mortgages as retirement financing instrument in Singapore; and human capital, innovation and technology adoption in Ireland, Korea and Malaysia.   

SCAPE’s other activities include organising conferences, seminars and workshops regularly to facilitate the sharing and discussion of research findings; hosting distinguished academics from leading universities around the world at the Centre to conduct lectures / seminars and to drive research collaboration; and providing training workshops for executives in the public and private sectors under the Economics Executive Programme.

SCAPE Staff: From left, front row: Research Fellow Dr Lee Chee Tong; Associate Professor Shandre Thangavelu (Director); Associate Professor Anthony Chin (Deputy Director). Back row: Research Fellows Mr Enrico Tanuwidjaja; Ms Yong Yik Wei and Mr Ng Kwan Kee.











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