Parallel session
Employment, inequality and poverty impacts in South East Asia

This panel discusses the impacts of the pandemic in South East Asia with 3 research papers covering Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines.

The pandemic has had differential impacts – in mortality and morbidity – but also in terms of the impact of lockdowns and disruption in terms of employment and income losses and changes in income and gender inequality and poverty.

The panel asks a set of questions across the cases: What were the social impacts of the pandemic? Which groups were hit harder and why? Why did impacts differ between countries? What did governments do to mediate the social impacts? Looking ahead, how should governments manage the possible trade-offs between pandemic management and economic activity?

Titik Anas Titik Anas | Chair

Dr. Titik Anas is a lecturer in the Faculty of Economics and Business at Padjadjaran University. She is also Special Adviser to the Minister of Finance Republic of Indonesia. Dr. Titik’s research interest is in the area of international trade issues, macroeconomics, industrial organization, investment policy and small-scale business development. Her recent research topics are Evaluating the Business Environment in Indonesia, Missing Middle in Indonesia Manufacturing Exports and The Efficiency of Major Ports in Indonesia.

​Ahmad Komarulzaman | Presenter

Dr. Ahmad Komarulzaman is a Lecturer and researcher at the Department of Economics, Padjadjaran University. Mr. Komarulzaman earned his bachelor degree in economics from Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia (2005), a Masters degree in Environmental & Natural Resources Economics from Wageningen University & Research Center, The Netherlands (2009) and Ph.D from Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands (2017). Mr. Komarulzaman’s research interest is in the area of Environmental & Natural Resources Economics, CGE and the linkages between water, health and well being.

Zuzy Anna | Presenter

Zuzy Anna is a lecturer at Faculty of Fisheries Padjadjaran University. Her research interests are Natural Resources and Environmental Economics and she has done extensive works on coastal resource valuations and other resources and environmental economics projects both national and international levels. She also has served as instructor on various economic valuation trainings in Indonesia.

Arief Yusuf | Presenter

Arief Anshory Yusuf is Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics, Padjadjaran University, Indonesia, Visiting Professor at Department of International Development of King’s College London,  Honorary Senior Lecturer at Crawford School of Public Policy of the Australian National University and a Non-resident Senior Research Fellow at United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER). His research focuses on the economic development, particularly on poverty and inequality as well as on the interlinkage between economy and the environment.

Venkatachalam Anbumozhi | Presenter

Venkatachalam Anbumozhi is a senior economist at the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia. He has written books, research articles, and project reports on natural resource management, climate-friendly infrastructure design, and private sector participation in green growth. He was a member of the APEC Expert Panel on Green Climate Finance and the ASEAN panel for promoting climate-resilient growth.

Hai-Anh H. Dang | Presenter

Hai-Anh H. Dang is a Senior Economist in the Data Production and Methods Unit, Development Data Group, World Bank. He has contributed to around 70 World Bank’s projects and flagship reports covering different countries around the world.  He is a Research Fellow with IZA, GLO, and Indiana University O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and a non-resident Senior Research Fellow with Vietnam’s Academy of Social Sciences.

David A. RaitzerDavid A. Raitzer | Presenter

David A. Raitzer is an Economist in the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department of ADB, where he normally focusses on impact evaluation of development interventions and research on environmental policy challenges and agricultural development constraints. In the COVID-19 era, he has also become involved in epidemiological modeling and use of cost benefit analysis on measures to control the pandemic.