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    Folk in capital struggling to stay afloat

    News, Thana Boonlert, Published on 05/01/2020

    » The recent global cost of living survey sees Bangkok for the first time among the top 50 most expensive cities in the world due to the baht's appreciation.

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    Labour justice

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 22/07/2011

    » Will better wages and benefits for labour really lead to lost export competitiveness, bankruptcy and a flood of cheap immigrant labour?

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    The consequences of gender at work

    News, Published on 28/11/2014

    » Until recently, there has been very little analysis of women's role in the economy. Two centuries ago, Mary Wollstonecraft published her proto-feminist A Vindication of the Rights of Women, and in 1869 John Stuart Mill, inspired by his wife Harriet, wrote The Subjection of Women in support of female suffrage. But new evidence is emerging of the cultural barriers to women's economic advancement, which must be addressed if the world is ever to attain its goal of gender equality.

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    Thailand's democratic foundations remain weak

    News, Published on 06/04/2019

    » The past estimates on the evolution of income inequality in Thailand have been misleading. Thailand remains one of the most unequal economies in the world, and the situation has not been improving as swiftly as we have previously been told: it just stopped getting worse.

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    Bold, new focus for gender equality needed now

    News, Published on 09/03/2019

    » Some 1.6 billion people in rural areas across the globe depend on forests for their livelihoods. The management of these resources, however, occurs in a socio-cultural power context that significantly impacts the livelihood of forest-dependent communities. Women still are in a position of subjugation due to discriminatory social norms and a lack of resources. For example, according to the United Nations Environment Programme, women produce between 60% and 80% of food while only owning 2% of land worldwide.

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    AI risks devastating developing world economies

    News, Published on 19/09/2018

    » Most studies of the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on jobs and the economy have focused on developed countries such as the US and Britain. But through my work as a scientist, technology executive and venture capitalist in the US and China, I've come to believe that the gravest threat AI poses is to emerging economies.

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    How can we retain the benefits of globalisation?

    Asia focus, Koichi Hamada, Published on 16/07/2018

    » In the last few years, for many people and their leaders, globalisation has become a scourge to be purged in favour of greater protectionism and unilateralism. This represents a sharp departure from the recent past, when globalisation was widely regarded as a positive force. What changed, and why?

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    Quiet tiger

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 21/05/2018

    » Mention Asian tiger economies and Bangladesh is probably the last place that comes to mind. But the World Economic Forum (WEF) this year conferred the designation on the South Asian country, alongside the likes of Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan, citing its impressive growth in the past decade.

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    South Korea has some lessons Trump should heed

    News, Michael Schuman, Published on 13/09/2017

    » Advisers seem to have convinced US President Donald Trump not to trash the country's free-trade agreement with South Korea -- for now. Mr Trump himself still seems intent on extracting concessions from the Koreans and could yet withdraw from the deal. The irony is that, more than any other, South Korea's own story shows how foolish that would be.

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    Citizenship for sale

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 13/03/2017

    » Having multiple passports and citizenship that bears no relation to where you were born is something most people associates with James Bond or Jason Bourne. But these days it is no longer simply the stuff of spy stories.

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