Souknilanh Keola is a visiting researcher from Institute of Developing Economies (IDE, Japan). In IDE, he works as research fellow at Economic Integration Studies Group in Inter-Disciplinary Studies Center. His current research interests are industrial location, fiscal system, state-owned enterprise, foreign direct investment and their impacts on economic development in Laos. As a member of Compilation and Analysis of Geo-Economic Datasets for East Asia Research Project, he is also interested and works on transport cost, accessibility and industrial location of countries in Indochinese peninsula. He holds master degree in Economics from Nagoya University, and bachelor degree in Computer Sciences from Toyohashi Institute of Technology.
Compilation and Analysis of Geo-Economic Datasets for East Asia
The Geographical Simulation Model (GSM), which is an economic simulation model based on Spatial Economics or New Economic Geography, has been developed by IDE in cooperation with ERIA (IDE/ERIA-GSM) since 2007. This research project aims at updating and improving the quality of the geo-economic dataset used in the simulation model from 2005 to 2010. Most East Asian countries have relatively reliable and good quality economic data at a national level, but have surprisingly poor economic data at sub-national level except for a few countries. We will attempt to compile a dataset that includes GDP by industry at a sub-national level for 2010. In the first year, we will survey the availability of such data for each country and then work on compiling the dataset for some countries in the second year. By the end of 2014, we aim to create a geo-economic dataset that covers East Asian countries.
April 2011 - February 2013