Associate Professor Shandre Thangavelu

Associate Professor Shandre Thangavelu
 Position Regional Director - Southeast Asia - CIES
 Org Unit Institute for International Trade
 Email shandre.thangavelu@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 0017
 Location Floor/Room 5 ,  Nexus 10 Tower ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Associate Professor Shandre Thangavelu is an active researcher on human capital development, technology transfer, foreign direct investment, trade, government infrastructure investment, productivity and economic growth. He has written extensively in technology transfer and economic growth and has published his research in major international journals. His recent publications are in Journal of Economic Development, Empirical Economics, Applied Economics, World Economy, and Journal of Economic Studies. Recently, he was attached as the Head of the Economics Unit, Ministry of Manpower, under the Economist Service to Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Manpower. He has also worked on several international projects commissioned by UNDP, World Bank, ASEAN Secretariat, APEC, and Asian Productivity Organization (APO).

    Associate Professor Shandre Thangavelu is currently the Regional Director (Southeast Asia) at Centre for International Economic Studies, Institute of International Trade. He is also the Managing Editor for Asian Economic Journal (AEJ). He is also a Research Fellow at Leverhulme Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy (GEP) and Research Associate at Institute of Policy Studies at LKY School of Public Policy at Singapore.

    Thangavelu is also appointed by the Singapore Government to the Governing Board for the Work, Safety, Health Institute (WSHI) of Singapore. He is also the member of the Competition Commission Appeal Board at Singapore.

    He obtained his PhD from Queens University, Canada.

     

  • Teaching Interests

    Department of Economics, National University of Singapore, Singapore

    Courses taught from July 1997 to July 2007: Money and Banking II (EC4332), Macroeconomics Theory (EC1102), Economic Theory (EC3201), Macroeconomics II (EC2122), Money and Banking 1 (EC2204), Money and Banking (EC3224), Money in Macroeconomics (EC4204), Technology and Innovation (EC4213).

     

    Nominations for Best Teaching

    In 2001/2002 academic year, 51 students from EC4332 nominated me for the Best Teaching Award.

     

    In 2004/2005 academic year, 17 students from EC4332 and 25 students from EC2102 again nominated me for the Best Teaching Award.

     

    In 2006/2007 academic year, 16 students from EC3332 again nominated me for the Best Teaching Award.

     

    In 2009/2010 academic year, 9 students from Honours class nominated me for the Best Teaching Award

     

    In 2010/2011 academic year, 30 students from EC3332 nominated me for the Best Teaching Award.

     

    In 2011/2012 academic year, 17 students from EC3332 nominated me for the Best Teaching Award

     

    In 2012/2013 academic year, 25 students from EC3332 nominated me for the Best Teaching Award

     

    Graduate Thesis Supervision at National University of Singapore

    1997 to present: 10 PhD, 10 Masters and over 50 Honours students

     

     

     

  • Publications

     Articles

    1.       “Human Capital, FTAs, and Foreign Direct Investment Flows into ASEAN,” (with Dionisius Narjoko), Journal of Asian Economics, December 2014, vol. 35, pp. 65-76.

     

    2.       “Is learning by Exporting Important? Evidence from Indian Manufacturing Firms,” (with Sanja Pattnayak), The World Economy, January 2014, vol. 37, Issue 7, pp. 1016-1026.

     

    3.       “Singapore Information Sector: Using Input-Output Tables,” (with Toh Mun Heng), System Economic Research, vol. 25, pp. 233-244, 2013.

     

    4.       “Australia’s Export Potential: An Exploratory Analysis,” (co-authored with Adil Khan Miankhel, Kaliappa Kalirajan), July 2013, Journal of Asia Pacific Economy.

     

    5.       “Economic Growth and Foreign Workers in ASEAN and Singapore,” Asian Economic Papers, The Earth Institute at Columbia University, MIT, Vol. 11, no.3, pp. 114-136, 2012.

     

    6.        “Natural Disasters in Asia: An Introduction” (with Shigeyuki Abe), Asian Economic Journal, Vol. 26, pp. 181-187, 2012.

     

    7.       “Does Outsourcing Provision leads to Wage Inequality? New Evidence from Thailand’s Establishment-Level Data”, (with Aekapol Chongvilaivan), Review of International Economics, Vol. 20, pp. 364-367, 2012.

     

    8.       “Trade Liberalization and the Economy: Stock Market Evidence from Singapore,” (with Rasyad Parinduri), Journal of International Trade and Development, Feb., 2012.

     

    9.       “The Determinants of Training Participation in Singapore,” Applied Economics, vol. 43, no. 29, pp. 4641-4649, 2011.

     

    10.   “Backward Linkages and Technology Spillovers in the Presence of Foreign Firms: Evidence from the Indian Pharmaceutical Industry,” (with Sanja S. Pattnayak), Journal of Economic Studies, Vol, 38, pp. 275-238, 2011.

     

    11.   “Impacts of Outsourcing on Employment and Labour Substitution: New Firm level Evidence from Manufacturing Industries in Thailand,” (with Aekapol Chongvilaivan), Applied Economics, vol. 43, no. 27, pp. 3931-3944, 2011.

     

    12.   “Dynamics of Comparative Advantage and Production Fragmentation: The Case of Singapore, China and India,” (with Ananda Jayawickrama), The Journal of Economic Studies, Vol, 37, 2010.

     

    13.   “Bilateral “WTO-Plus” Free Trade Agreements: The WTO Trade Policy Review of Singapore 2004,” (with Toh Mun Heng), World Economy, 28(9), 2005.

     

    14.   “Technology Adoption, Education, and Immigration Policies,” (with Chander P.), Journal of Development Economics, 75, 2005, 79-94.

     

    15.   “The Link of Bank Behaviour and Non-Performing Loans in China,” (with Ding Lu and Qing Hu), Journal of Development Studies, vol. 41, no. 6, pp. 1071-1091, 2005.

     

    16.   “Economic Reform and Productivity Growth in India: Interaction between Technical Change and Scale Economies,” (with S. Pattnayak), Economic Modelling, 22, 601-615, 2005.

     

    Books

    17.   “Human Capital Dynamics and Industrial Transition in Cambodia”, UNDP Cambodia, UN, 2015.

     

    18.   “Globalization, Outsourcing and Labour Development in ASEAN” (with Aekapol Chongvilaivan), Routledge, UK, 2013

     

    19.   “Eco-Industrial Cluster: Training Manual” (with Anbumozhi Venkatachalam, C. Visvanathan), Asian Development Bank Institute, 2013.

     

    20.   “Real and Financial Integration in Asia”, edited by Shandre M. Thangavelu (with Aekapol Chongvilaivan), Routledge, UK, 2012.

     

    Refereed Book Chapter

    21.   “Trade, Technology, Foreign Firms, and Wage Gap: Case of Vietnam Manufacturing Firms”, in Hahn C.H. and D.A. Narjoko, edited, Impact of Globalization on Labour Market, 2013, ERIA Research Project Report 2012, no. 4, pp. 107-133. Jakarta.

     

    22.   “The Impact of Free Trade Agreements on Foreign Direct Investment in Asia-Pacific Region”, 2011, in Findlay, C., edited, ASEAN+1 FTAs and Global Value Chains in East Asia, ERIA Research Project Report 2010-29, pp. 112-131, Jakarta.

     

    23.   “FDI, Financial Constraints, and Productivity: Firm Level Study in Vietnam” (with Christopher Findlay and Aekapol Chongvilaivan), in Shandre M. Thangavelu and Aekapol Chongvilaivan edited, Real and Financial Integration, Routledge, UK, 2012.

     

    24.   “Bank Efficiency, Regulation and Response to Crisis of Financial Institutions in Selected Asian Countries”, (with Christopher Findlay), in Shandre M. Thangavelu and Aekapol Chongvilaivan edited, Real and Financial Integration, Routledge, UK, 2012.

     

    25.   “Comprehensive Mapping of FTAs in ASEAN and East Asia: FDI Restrictiveness Index for ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA)”, in Chang Jae Lee and Misa Okabe edited, Comprehensive Mapping of FTAs in ASEAN and East Asia”, ERIA Research Project Report, 2011, no. 26. Jakarta.

     

    Conference Papers

    26.   “Foreign Workers, Aging, and Pensions in Small Open Economy: Case of Singapore”, at 8th GEP Conference at Kuala Lumpur, 11-12 February 2015.

     

    27.   “Services Productivity and Trade Liberalization: Case of ASEAN” (with Shujiro Urata and Lili Yang) at EAEA Conference, Bangkok, 1-2 November 2014.

     

    28.   “FDI, Financial Constraints, and Productivity: Firm Level Study in Vietnam” (with Christopher Findlay and Aekapol Chongvilaivan), presented at ERIA Workshop Program“Linkages between Real and Financial Aspects of Economic Integration in East Asia” February 28th - March 1st, 2010, Intercontinental Hotel, Singapore

     

    29.   “Bank Efficiency, Regulation and Response to Crisis of Financial Institutions in Selected Asian Countries”, (with Christopher Findlay), presented at ERIA Workshop Program“Linkages between Real and Financial Aspects of Economic Integration in East Asia” February 28th - March 1st, 2010, Intercontinental Hotel, Singapore

     

    30.   “Technical Barriers to Trade, FDI and Economic Growth in ASEAN,” presented at GEP Conference at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, January 2010.

    Key Projects

    1.       In early 2008, Associate Professor Thangavelu was engaged by APEC to undertake the IAP Trade Policy Review for United States. The report was presented to the Senior Officials Meeting at Peru, Lima in 2008.

    2.       In 2005, he was engaged as a country expert on the Expert Group EFTA Study Phase II that comprises experts from ASEAN, China, Korea and Japan. The report was submitted to the ASEAN Minister’s Meeting at Cambodia.

    3.       Recently, Associate Professor Thangavelu was engaged as an expert for the ASEAN Secretariat project on “Study on the implications of Hong Kong’s accession to the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA). This study examined the impact, implications, and challenges of Hong Kong’s accession to ACFTA. The results of the study were presented to the ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting at Cambodia, 2012.

    4.       In 2013, Associate Professor Thangavelu was again engaged as a follow-up ASEAN Secretariat project on “Study on the implications of Hong Kong’s accession to ASEAN”. The report was presented to the Senior Official Meeting at Brunei, 2013.

    5.       In 2014, he was engaged as part of the team under ERIA and ASEAN Secretariat study of the Mid-Term Review of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) to make recommendations to ASEAN Ministers on the progress of ASEAN Economic Community.

    6.       In 2013, Associate Professor Shandre Thangavelu was engaged by UNDP to undertake a study on “Human Capital Dynamics and Industrial Policy for Cambodia” (see website: http://www.kh.undp.org/content/dam/cambodia/docs/PovRed/Human-Capital- Dynamics-and-Industrial-Transition-in-Cambodia.pdf). This study was presented to the Cambodian government in terms of its structural reforms for next stage of growth. The recommendations were adopted the Cambodian government as part of their IDP (Industrial Development Policy).

    7.       In 2013, he was engaged by the Workers Development Agency, Singapore, to undertake a study on private and social returns to public training for the Singapore labour market using Singapore administrative data. The results of the study and policy reforms for vertical skills training were presented to the Singapore government.

     

      

     

  • Professional Interests

    Current Research Interest

     

    A.        Trade, Financial Markets and Growth

    B.        Aging, Education and Endogenous Growth

    C.        Productivity Growth, Technology Adoption and Welfare

    D.        Immigration and Economic Growth

    E.         Macroeconomic Policies for Sustainability in ASEAN countries

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