Asia-Pacific Development Journal

The Asia-Pacific Development Journal (APDJ) is published twice a year by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The primary objective of the APDJ is to provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge, experience, ideas, information and data on all aspects of economic and social development issues and concerns facing the region and aims to stimulate policy debate and assist policy formulation. The APDJ provides a scholarly means for bringing together research work by eminent social scientists and development practitioners from the region and beyond for use by a variety of stakeholders. The Journal aims to stimulate policy debate and assist policy formulation in the region.


Evaluating economic integration in ASEAN: perspectives from a cluster analysis

This paper uses hierarchical cluster analysis to examine the degree of economic integration among member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and Japan, China and the Republic of Korea during three time periods: 1969-1984, 1985-1994 and 1995-2009. The results indicate that the five founding members of ASEAN, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, have become less integrated over time. Moreover, the region as a whole does not appear to have attained the degree of integration that was hoped for at the time the Association was established 30 years ago.


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