Publication Date: January, 2022

JCI-JSC-WP-2022-01: Global Value Chain, Cities and Urban Amenities: Next Stage of Growth for ASEAN and East Asia

Publication date: January 2022 | Length of paper: 32 pages | ISBN:TBC

In this paper, we explore the impact of urban amenities on the development and transformation of GVC in ASEAN and East Asia in terms of skills development and the unbundling of manufacturing and services activities due to telecommunication and information technologies. The paper highlights the importance of urban amenities to retain and maintain skill labour in the key cities to drive economic growth. We used the city level data for Asia and ASEAN from UN, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division, to understand the relationship among cities, GVC and urban amenities. The paper highlights that the next stage of growth in ASEAN will be driven by the competitiveness of cities in terms of attracting and retaining skilled labour, developing the telecommunication infrastructure, developing quality urban amenities, and creating the connectedness to regional and global cities.

Key Words: GVC, Structural Transformation and Urban Amenities


Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia
Head-Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia, Senior Fellow-Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development

  Fukunari Kimura

Keio University

Professor at Faculty of Economics

  Dionisius A. Narjoko

The Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)

Senior Economist

The JCI-JSC Working Paper series is published to disseminate preliminary research findings and stimulate intellectual discourse on wide-ranging public policy issues, ranging from security to sustainability. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia and the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development.