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KORWATANASAKUL, Upalat
 
Affiliation
Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences
Job title
Associate Professor(non-tenure-track)
Degree
PhD ( 2017.03 Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University )
Profile

I offer extensive and demonstrated academic and teaching skills with solid experience in quantitative analysis and empirical-based policy research. During my professional career, I have worked and had research collaborations with major international organisations and research institutes, such as the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), and specialised agencies and programmes of the United Nations. My area of expertise is economic, environmental, and social development and sustainability in East and Southeast Asia.

My area of expertise is economic and social development in Asia and the Pacific, covering a wide range of topics which include: Artificial intelligence, climate change, digital economy, financial technology, global value chains, health and social services, human capital, informal economy, labour market, renewable energy, small and medium-sized enterprises, sustainable development, and trade policy.

Research Experience

  • 2022
    -
    Now

    Well-being, Environmental Sustainability, and Just Transition Task Force, Think7 (T7)   Researcher

  • 2022
    -
    Now

    Waseda Carbon Net Zero Challenge, Waseda University   Concurrent Researcher

  • 2022
    -
    Now

    United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)   Consultant

  • 2022
    -
    Now

    Institute for Advanced Social Sciences, Waseda University   Concurrent Researcher

  • 2022
    -
    Now

    School of Social Sciences, Waseda University   Associate Professor

  • 2021
    -
    2022

    Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS)   Think Next, Act Next - The Next Gen EU-ASEAN Think Tank Dialogue (EANGAGE) project   Research Fellow

  • 2021
    -
    2022

    United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)   Research Fellow

  • 2020
    -
    2021

    Waseda University   Institute for Advanced Social Sciences   Concurrent Researcher

  • 2020
    -
    2021

    Waseda University   School of Social Sciences   Assistant Professor

  • 2017
    -
    2021

    Waseda University   Organization for Regional and Inter-regional Studies   Adjunct Researcher

  • 2017
    -
    2020

    ASEAN-Japan Centre   Research and Policy Analysis   Programme Manager

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Education Background

  • 2011.09
    -
    2017.03

    Waseda University   Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies   PhD in International Studies (Development Economic Analysis)  

  • 2009.09
    -
    2011.09

    Waseda University   Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies   MA in International Relations (Dean's List) (Educational Development in Developing Countries and International Cooperation)  

  • 2005
    -
    2009

    Thammasat University   Faculty to Economics   International Economics  

  • 2007
    -
    2008

    University of California, Santa Cruz   Department of Economics   International Economics  

    Exchange Programme

Committee Memberships

  • 2023
    -
    Now

    Peking University and Waseda University  Peking University-Waseda University Joint Research Initiative

  • 2021
    -
    Now

    WIMAYA: Interdisciplinary Journal of International Affairs  International Editorial Board

  • 2021
    -
    Now

    Equal Asia Foundation  Global Advisory Committee

Professional Memberships

  • 2020
    -
    Now

    Waseda History and International Relations

  • 2019
    -
    Now

    East Asian Economic Association (EAEA)

  • 2018
    -
    Now

    Japan Society of International Economics (JSIE)

  • 2017
    -
    2020

    ASEAN Study Group

Research Areas

  • Economic policy   Artificial intelligence, climate change, digital economy, financial technology, global value chains, health and social services, human capital, informal economy, labour market, renewable energy, small and medium-sized enterprises, sustainable development, and trade policy

Research Interests

  • Artificial intelligence

  • Climate change

  • Digital economy

  • Financial technology

  • Global value chains

  • Health and social services

  • Human capital and the labour market

  • Informal economy

  • Renewable energy

  • Small and medium-sized enterprises

  • Sustainable development

  • Trade policy

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Awards

  • Best Paper Award

    2022   The 10th International Borneo Business Conference, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)   Environmental issues in the Mekong River region: A mitigation model based on ICT

    Winner: Riccardo Corrado, Audrey Liwan, Upalat Korwatanasakul

  • Best Paper Award

    2022   Tourism and Service Industry Conference 2022   The relationship between cultural tourism destination competitiveness and local business: A case study of Sakon Nakhon, World Crafts City for Natural Indigo Dyeing

    Winner: Pimamorn Prongmanee, Upalat Korwatanasakul, Pattama Suriyakul Na Ayudhya

  • Waseda University Presidential Teaching Award 2020

    2021.02   Waseda University  

 

Papers

  • Leaving No One Behind in Carbon Neutrality Strategies: Insights from Developing Countries in Asia and the Pacific

    Mahesti Okisatari, Upalat Korwatanasakul

       2023.04

    DOI

  • Public mask-wearing behaviour and perception towards COVID-19 intervention policies in Thailand: A mixed-methods study

    Upalat Korwatanasakul, Sivarin Lertpusit

    Public Behavioural Responses to Policy Making during the Pandemic: Comparative Perspectives on Mask-Wearing Policies     204 - 218  2022.11

    DOI

    Scopus

  • Managing the Impact of COVID-19 on City Finances

    Mahesti Okisatari, Richa Kandpal, Upalat Korwatanasakul

       2022.11

    DOI

  • Supporting Vulnerable Populations in the Transition to Net Zero Emissions: Priorities for Developed Countries

    Akio Takemoto, Apolline Cros, Masachika Suzuki, Upalat Korwatanasakul

    UNU-IAS Policy Brief Series    2022.08

     View Summary

    This policy brief explores how developed countries can address the needs of vulnerable groups in their climate mitigation actions, focusing on clean energy policies. To realise the full potential of clean energy, social and economic incentives and support measures must be strengthened and widely implemented. The brief provides the following recommendations to guide policymakers in developed countries to achieve a net zero transition that ensures equal access to clean energy and energy efficiency solutions for all: (i) identify vulnerable energy users through data collection and analysis of socio-economic challenges for net zero emissions; (ii) improve governance mechanisms to harmonise climate change policies with socio-economic policies; (iii) enhance support measures for vulnerable energy users to ensure equal access to clean energy through evidence-based information.

    DOI

  • ANALYSIS OF GLOBAL VALUE CHAIN PARTICIPATION AND WORKERS' WAGES IN THAILAND: A MICRO-LEVEL ANALYSIS

    Upalat Korwatanasakul, Youngmin Baek, Adam Majoe

    SINGAPORE ECONOMIC REVIEW    2022.06  [Refereed]

    Authorship:Lead author

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    This study examines the relationship between global value chain (GVC) participation and workers' wages and the disparities in wage benefits from GVC participation. It employs a pseudo-panel approach to treat endogeneity biases, utilizing pseudo-panel data constructed from the Thai Labour Force Survey, 1995-2011. The results show that GVC participation, on average, induces higher hourly wages through forward and backward linkages. Although forward linkages inclusively and positively affect workers' wages, the wage benefits of backward linkages accrue to particular demographic groups. Therefore, government policies must be designed to promote GVC participation, particularly forward linkages, and support disadvantaged demographic groups facing disproportionate wage effects.

    DOI

    Scopus

    1
    Citation
    (Scopus)
  • Revisiting Asian economic integration: challenges and prospects

    Upalat Korwatanasakul

    JOURNAL OF THE ASIA PACIFIC ECONOMY   27 ( 2 ) 199 - 222  2022.04  [Refereed]

    Authorship:Lead author

     View Summary

    Covering major Asian economic blocs and dialogues, this study comprehensively reviews the progress of "Asian" economic integration. The empirical results show that comprehensive, continent-wide economic integration in Asia is unlikely to happen soon since integration has been mainly confined to East and Southeast Asia, while other regions are much less integrated and globalised. However, the achievement of gradual integration would mutually benefit all members through capacity building, technological development, labour supply enlargement, and market expansion. With the forthcoming success of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' single market and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, this study also argues that the attributes proposed in the previous literature, e.g. historical reconciliation, common institution, and economic, politic, and social heterogeneity are irrelevant in the context of Asian economic integration. Instead, the scope, depth, and sequencing of the integration process, coupled with supporting geopolitical factors, largely explain the success of the Asia model.

    DOI

    Scopus

    6
    Citation
    (Scopus)
  • Returns to schooling in Thailand: Evidence from the 1978 compulsory schooling law

    Upalat Korwatanasakul

    The Developing Economies   61 ( 1 ) 3 - 35  2022  [Refereed]

    Authorship:Lead author

     View Summary

    This paper estimates returns to schooling in Thailand by applying the regression discontinuity approach to the change in the compulsory schooling law in 1978. This law enhanced human capital investment on the eve of rapid structural transformation. The returns to schooling based on the instrumental variables estimation were around 8%, while ordinary least squares (OLS) overestimated such returns. Returns were higher for females, urban areas, the services sector, and underdeveloped regions. The findings contrast sharply with studies exploiting similar institutional changes in developed countries where OLS estimates underestimate returns to schooling, implying that former school dropouts tend to have higher returns than those already in school before the law change. Ability bias is more likely to arise in developing countries, possibly because parents might be forced to keep children only with higher abilities in school, reinforcing inequality among children within the household.

    DOI

    Scopus

    1
    Citation
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  • The Effect of Non-Tariff Measures on Global Value Chain Participation

    Upalat Korwatanasakul, Youngmin Baek

    GLOBAL ECONOMIC REVIEW   50 ( 3 ) 193 - 212  2021.07  [Refereed]

    Authorship:Lead author

     View Summary

    This study takes a novel approach by using an additional compliance requirement indicator as a relative proxy for non-tariff measures (NTMs) to measure the impact of NTMs on global value chain (GVC) participation. We conduct a cross-sectional analysis at the industry level, spanning 30 countries with 19 industrial sectors in the year 2015. Our analysis finds that both NTMs and tariffs have negative impacts on backward GVC participation, and the impact of NTMs is greater than that of tariff measures. Therefore, policies that reduce trade costs from policy barriers, especially NTMs, can help promote participation in GVCs.

    DOI

    Scopus

    6
    Citation
    (Scopus)
  • Electronics

    Korwatanasakul, Upalat, Patarapong Intarakumnerd

      paper 13 (March 2021)  2021  [Domestic journal]

  • Malaysia

    Juita Mohamad, Korwatanasakul, Upalat

      paper 6 (July 2021)  2021  [Domestic journal]

  • Indonesia

    Korwatanasakul, Upalat; Purbantina, Adiasri Putri; Fujita, Masataka

      paper 4 (June 2021)  2021  [Domestic journal]

  • Determinants, wage inequality, and occupational risk exposure of informal workers

    Upalat Korwatanasakul

      no. 160 (September 2021)  2021  [International journal]

  • Demographic transition and its impacts on fiscal sustainability in East and Southeast Asia

    Upalat Korwatanasakul; Pitchaya Sirivunnabood; Majoe, Adam

    SSRN Electronic Journal   no. 1220 (March 2021) ( 1220 )  2021  [Domestic journal]

    DOI

  • Business impacts and government supports for firms’ upgrading and innovation under COVID-19 in Southeast Asia

    Intarakumnerd, P, Korwatanasakul, U

    STEPI S&T Policy Journal   3 ( 2 ) 33 - 65  2020.12  [Refereed]

    Authorship:Corresponding author

  • Environmental, Social, and Governance Investment: Concepts, Prospects, and the Policy Landscape

    Upalat Korwatanasakul

    Environmental, Social, and Governance Investment: Opportunities and Risks for Asia    2020.06  [Domestic journal]

  • Automobiles

    Korwatanasakul, Upalat, Patarapong Intarakumnerd

      paper 12 (January 2020)  2020  [Domestic journal]

  • Time to look east

    Korwatanasakul, Upalat

      no. 1110 (April 2020)  2020  [Domestic journal]

  • Analysis of Global Value Chain Participation and the Labour Market in Thailand: A Micro-level Analysis

    Korwatanasakul, U, Baek, Y, Majoe, A

    ERIA Discussion Paper   331  2020  [International journal]

    Authorship:Lead author

  • Trade, Global Value Chains, and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Thailand: A Firm-Level Panel Analysis

    Korwatanasakul, U, Paweenawat, S

    ADBI Working Paper   1130  2020  [Domestic journal]

    Authorship:Lead author

  • Time to Look East: Lessons from Revisiting Asian Economic Integration

    Upalat Korwatanasakul

    ADBI Working Paper   1110  2020  [Domestic journal]

    Authorship:Lead author

  • Trade in Services: Health Related and Social Services

    Korwatanasakul, U, Kalirajan, K, Ishodo, H, Primanthi, M

    Promoting Services Trade in ASEAN: Second Phase (Social Services Paper 1)   1  2020  [Domestic journal]

    Authorship:Lead author

  • Global Value Chains in ASEAN: Automobiles

    Korwatanasakul, U, Intarakumnerd, P

    Global Value Chains in ASEAN   12  2020  [Domestic journal]

    Authorship:Lead author

  • Cryptocurrency regulations: Financial openness and institutions

    Rico Shirakawa,Jacinta Bernadette, Korwatanasakul,Upalat

    Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies   38 ( January ) 167 - 182  2020  [Refereed]  [Domestic journal]

     View Summary

    This study assesses how effective governance institutions and de jure financial openness
    influence the attitude of policy makers in pursuing further financial development by
    allowing the use of cryptocurrency. In other words, we examine the relationships between
    a) de jure openness to cryptocurrency and institutional strength and b) de jure openness
    to cryptocurrency and de jure capital openness. Our main method of estimation is a
    cross-sectional ordered probit model using institutional and macroeconomic data drawn from
    several sources, including the Chinn-Ito index, the World Bank’s Worldwide Governance
    Indicators, and the World Bank’s World Development Indicators, among others, over the
    period 2010‒2018. To measure the de jure openness to cryptocurrency, we compose an index
    of 218 economies by using the current legal and regulatory status of cryptocurrency compiled
    in 2018. Our results show that effective governance institutions are associated
    with a less restrictive regulatory stance on cryptocurrency, whereas financial openness is
    not found to be significant. The results imply that a certain level of institutional quality may
    be necessary before opening up to new forms of financial technology. As cryptocurrency is
    recognized as a risky speculative financial instrument, its current state of many unknowns can
    prevent policy makers from conducting a thorough surveillance to avoid system-wide
    vulnerabilities.

    DOI CiNii

  • Cryptocurrency in emerging Asia

    Upalat Korwatanasakul

       2019.07  [Domestic journal]

  • Thailand

    Korwatanasakul, Upalat

      paper 10 (March 2019)  2019  [Domestic journal]

  • Cryptocurrency regulations: Institutions and Financial openness

    Shirakawa, J, Korwatanasakul, U

    ADBI Working Paper   978  2019  [Domestic journal]

    Authorship:Last author

     View Summary

    This study assesses how effective governance institutions and de jure financial openness
    influence the attitude of policy makers in pursuing further financial development by
    allowing the use of cryptocurrency. In other words, we examine the relationships between
    a) de jure openness to cryptocurrency and institutional strength and b) de jure openness
    to cryptocurrency and de jure capital openness. Our main method of estimation is a
    cross-sectional ordered probit model using institutional and macroeconomic data drawn from
    several sources, including the Chinn-Ito index, the World Bank’s Worldwide Governance
    Indicators, and the World Bank’s World Development Indicators, among others, over the
    period 2010‒2018. To measure the de jure openness to cryptocurrency, we compose an index
    of 218 economies by using the current legal and regulatory status of cryptocurrency compiled
    in 2018. Our results show that effective governance institutions are associated
    with a less restrictive regulatory stance on cryptocurrency, whereas financial openness is
    not found to be significant. The results imply that a certain level of institutional quality may
    be necessary before opening up to new forms of financial technology. As cryptocurrency is
    recognized as a risky speculative financial instrument, its current state of many unknowns can
    prevent policy makers from conducting a thorough surveillance to avoid system-wide
    vulnerabilities.

  • ESG Investment: Towards Sustainable Development in ASEAN and Japan

    Korwatanasakul, U, Majoe, A

       2019  [Domestic journal]

    Authorship:Lead author

  • Global Value Chains in ASEAN: Thailand

    Upalat Korwatanasakul

    Global Value Chains in ASEAN Paper   10  2019  [Domestic journal]

  • Revisiting the returns to education during rapid structural and rural transformation in Thailand: A regression discontinuity approach

    Upalat Korwatanasakul

    WIDER Working Paper   2019/105  2019

    Authorship:Lead author

    DOI

  • Analysis of Returns to Schooling: Empirical Evidence from Thailand

    Upalat Korwatanasakul

       2017  [Domestic journal]

    Authorship:Lead author

  • UNESCO and UNICEF’s Human Rights-Based Approach towards EFA Goals, Economically Wise or Irrational: Policy Analysis from Economic Perspectives

    Upalat Korwatanasakul

    Global & Policy: Journal of International Relations   3 ( 2 ) 1 - 21  2015  [Refereed]  [International journal]

    Authorship:Lead author

  • The Role of Cognitive Skills in Economic Development Revisited

    Upalat Korwatanasakul

    Journal of the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies   25 ( March ) 95 - 120  2013  [Refereed]  [Domestic journal]

    Authorship:Lead author

    CiNii

  • Introduction

    Upalat Korwatanasakul

    The Asia-Pacific End of Decade Note on Education for All: Goal 4 – Youth and adult literacy    2012.11  [International journal]

  • Disparities in Literacy—Marginalized Groups and Patterns

    Upalat Korwatanasakul

    The Asia-Pacific End of Decade Note on Education for All: Goal 4 – Youth and adult literacy    2012.11  [International journal]

  • Literacy in the World and the Asia-Pacific Region

    Upalat Korwatanasakul

    The Asia-Pacific End of Decade Note on Education for All: Goal 4 – Youth and adult literacy    2012.11  [International journal]

  • Introduction

    Upalat Korwatanasakul

    The Asia-Pacific End of Decade Note on Education for All: Goal 4 – Youth and adult literacy    2012.11  [International journal]

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Books and Other Publications

  • Environmental, Social, and Governance Investment: Opportunities and Risks for Asia

    Korwatanasakul, U( Part: Contributor, Environmental, social, and governance investment: Concepts, prospects, and the policy landscape)

    Asian Development Bank Institute  2020

Presentations

  • Achieving Resilient and Inclusive Social Welfare Systems for Aging Societies

     [Invited]

    Strengthening Health and Social Protection Systems in Asia: Challenges and Policies 

    Presentation date: 2022.11

  • Progress of the AEC in the Post-pandemic World?

     [Invited]

    ASEAN Integration Report 2022: Book Launch and Public Forum 

    Presentation date: 2022.11

  • The Future of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET): Disruption and Development

     [Invited]

    A Better (Re)Start: The Future of Work for Young People 

    Presentation date: 2022.11

  • Multinationals’ Investment in Southeast Asia: How Impact Has Changed over Time

     [Invited]

    The 38th EAMSA Annual Conference 2022 

    Presentation date: 2022.10

  • Determinants, wage inequality, and occupational risk exposure of informal workers: A comprehensive analysis with the case study of Thailand

    The 17th East Asian Economic Association International Convention 2022 

    Presentation date: 2022.08

  • Social Acceptance and Social Behaviour Towards Renewable Energy Adoption In Japan: A Nationwide Survey Analysis

    Planning a Global Village: Inclusion, Innovation, and Disruption 

    Presentation date: 2022.08

  • Social Acceptance And Social Behaviour Towards Renewable Energy Adoption In Japan: A Nationwide Survey Analysis

    Energy and Climate Transformations: 3rd International Conference on Energy Research & Social Science (ICERS) 

    Presentation date: 2022.06

  • Information and Communication Technology Solutions to Environmental Issues in the Greater Mekong Subregion

     [Invited]

    Addressing Challenges Together: Working Towards Achieving Sustainable Development in the ASEAN and EU 

    Presentation date: 2022.04

  • Artificial intelligence and the Sustainable Development Goals in ASEAN

     [Invited]

    Addressing Challenges Together: Working Towards Achieving Sustainable Development in the ASEAN and EU 

    Presentation date: 2022.04

  • Trade, global value chains and small and medium-sized enterprises in Viet Nam: A firm-level analysis

     [Invited]

    Sustaining Viet Nam’s Economic Miracle – The Role of Productivity Growth 

    Presentation date: 2022.01

  • Global value chains in Indonesia: Opportunities and challenges

     [Invited]

    Global Value Chains in ASEAN: Indonesia 

    Presentation date: 2021.09

  • The Role of Global Value Chain Participation in Vietnam’s Path of Economic Development

    The 12th Engaging with Vietnam (EWV) in conjunction with the 12th International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) Conference 

    Presentation date: 2021.08

  • Electrical and electronics global value chains in ASEAN: Opportunities and challenges

     [Invited]

    Global Value Chains in;ASEAN: Electronics 

    Presentation date: 2021.06

  • Challenges faced by creative industries in ASEAN

     [Invited]

    Creative Economy for Sustainable Development: Potential, Challenges and Ways Forward 

    Presentation date: 2021.04

  • Global Value Chains and the Vietnamese Economic Development: A Path to Perils or Prosperity?

     [Invited]

    Vietnamese Communist Party’s 13th Congress: Dilemmas of Development and Global Integration 

    Presentation date: 2021.04

  • Empowering Thai SMEs to join global value chains: Policy priorities under COVID-19

     [Invited]

    Enhancing SME Participation in Global Value Chains: Determinants, Challenges, and Policy Recommendations 

    Presentation date: 2021.03

  • Comment: Environmental, social and governance (ESG) evaluation, and corporate financial performance: Evidence from China

     [Invited]

    Strengthening ESG Investment/ Sustainable Investment under the COVID-19 Crisis 

    Presentation date: 2021.02

  • Digitalisation, Global Value Chains, and Enterprise Formalisation: A Cross-country, Firm-level Analysis

     [Invited]

    What Works in E-formalization for Asia and the Pacific 

    Presentation date: 2021.01

  • Demographic transition and its impacts on fiscal sustainability in East and Southeast Asia

     [Invited]

    Economic Impacts of Demographic Transition: Cases of Asia and Europe 

    Presentation date: 2020.10

  • Keynote Speech: Empowering SMEs to join global value chains: Policy priorities under COVID-19

     [Invited]

    International Conference on Social and Political Development Issues 

    Presentation date: 2020.10

  • Analysis of Global Value Chain Participation and the Labour Market in Thailand: Macro- and Micro-level Analyses

     [Invited]

    The 3rd Annual IZA/World Bank/NJD/UNU-WIDER Jobs and Development Conference on Better Jobs for Development 

    Presentation date: 2020.09

  • Online Discussion: China Plus One: Convergence or Divergence in ASEAN Integration?

     [Invited]

    Online Discussion: China Plus One: Convergence or Divergence in ASEAN Integration? 

    Presentation date: 2020.08

  • The Effect of Non-Tariff Measures on Global Value Chain Participation

     [Invited]

    Impact of Non-tariff Measures on Trade and Competitiveness in East Asia 

    Presentation date: 2020.03

  • Trade, Global Value Chains and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Thailand: A Firm-Level Panel Analysis

     [Invited]

    Trade, Global Value Chains and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise 

    Presentation date: 2020.02

  • Policy Discussion on Global Value Chains (GVCs) in Textile and Clothing Industry

     [Invited]

    Export Potential of Textile and Clothing Products from CLMV to Japan and GVCs in Textile and Clothing Industry 

    Presentation date: 2020.02

  • US-China Trade War and Regional Value Chain in ASEAN+3

     [Invited]

    Navigating the New Normal in ASEAN Plus Three Economies 

    Presentation date: 2019.12

  • The Effect of Non-Tariff Measures on Global Value Chain Participation

     [Invited]

    Impact of Non-tariff Measures on Trade and Competitiveness in East Asia 

    Presentation date: 2019.11

  • Current State and Challenges of ESG Investment in ASEAN and East Asia

     [Invited]

    ESG Investment;Opportunities;Risks for Asia 

    Presentation date: 2019.11

  • Current Status of Trade in Health Related and Social Services in ASEAN

     [Invited]

    Services Trade Forum in Tokyo 2019: Health and Social Services 

    Presentation date: 2019.11

  • Keynote Speech: Global Value Chains in ASEAN: Automobile Industry

     [Invited]

    The 4th International Seminar of Research Month 2019: Global Society 5.0: Science, Innovation, and Social Economy Dynamic 

    Presentation date: 2019.10

  • Nationalisation of Regional Indicators and Monitoring the Progress of SDGs

     [Invited]

    An Efficiency Based Regional Approach to Realize Sustainable Development Goals 

    Presentation date: 2019.09

  • Revisiting the Returns to Education during the Rapid Structural and Rural Transformation in Thailand

     [Invited]

    Transforming Economies – for Better Jobs 

    Presentation date: 2019.09

  • Cryptocurrency Regulations: Institutions and Financial Openness

     [Invited]

    The 7th Seminar on Asia and the Pacific Economies, ADBI Special Sessions 

    Presentation date: 2019.06

  • Global Value Chains in ASEAN: Thailand

     [Invited]

    Changing Trade and Investment Landscape in ASEAN 

    Presentation date: 2019.03

  • ESG Investment: Towards Sustainable Development in ASEAN and Japan

     [Invited]

    Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Investment Forum 

    Presentation date: 2019.03

  • Cryptocurrency Liberalization, Financial Openness, and Institutions

    The 15th International Conference Western Economic Association International (WEAI) 

    Presentation date: 2019.03

  • Revisiting the Returns to Education in Thailand: A Regression Discontinuity Approach

    The 9th Asian Society of Agricultural Economists (ASAE) International Conference 

    Presentation date: 2017.01

  • Revisiting the Returns to Education during the Rapid Structural and Rural Transformation in Thailand

    Hayami Conference 

    Presentation date: 2016.12

  • Cognitive Skills and Economic Development Revisited

    The 90th Annual Conference Western Economic Association International (WEAI) 

    Presentation date: 2015.06

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Research Projects

  • Digitalisation, global value chains, and enterprise formalisation: A cross-country, firm-level analysis

    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science  Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research Grant-in-Aid for Early-Career Scientists

    Project Year :

    2021.04
    -
    2023.03
     

  • Determinants, wage inequality, and occupational risk exposure of informal workers: A comprehensive analysis with a case study of Thailand

    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science  Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research Grant-in-Aid for Research Activity Start-up

    Project Year :

    2020.09
    -
    2022.03
     

    Korwatanasakul Upalat

     View Summary

    This study provides a comprehensive analysis of informal workers in Thailand by utilising the 2006-2019 Thai Informal Employment Survey data. The estimated results reveal the adverse effects of informal employment on workers’ economic and social conditions: 1) the wages gap working against informal employment, confirming that informal employment is not a choice but rather an unavoidable constraint, 2) a negative relationship between informal employment and wages, and 3) a positive association between informal employment and occupational risks. Furthermore, the analyses manifest the importance of schooling in reducing the tendency to work in the informal sector, narrowing the wages gap, and lowering occupational risks and injury severity. However, the estimated results from the pseudo-panel fixed effects regression show no relationship between schooling and informal workers’ wages but a positive relationship between their wages and working experience.

 

Syllabus

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Teaching Experience

  • Sophomore Seminar (Fall) B: Seminar on topics in Social Sciences

    Waseda University  

    2022.09
    -
    Now
     

  • Freshman Seminar (Fall) B: Learning basic academic skills for social sciences through the topics of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

    Waseda University  

    2022.09
    -
    Now
     

  • Development Economics

    Waseda University  

    2022.09
    -
    Now
     

  • Environment and Development

    Waseda University  

    2022.09
    -
    Now
     

  • E-learning: Demographic Transition and its Impacts on Fiscal Sustainability in East and Southeast Asia

    Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)  

    2022
    -
    Now
     

  • Social Development in East and Southeast Asia I & II

    Waseda University  

    2020.04
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    Now
     

  • From SDGs to Climate Change Implementation Strategies for its Adaption and Mitigation

    United Nations University  

    2021.04
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    2022.08
     

  • Trans-disciplinary Graduate Research Seminar I

    United Nations University  

    2021.04
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    2022.08
     

  • Frontier of Sustainability Science

    United Nations University  

    2021.04
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    2022.08
     

  • (Invited Lecture) Climate change and economic development

    Sophia University  

    2022.02
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  • (Invited Lecture) United Nations University and its contribution to SDGs

    Vietnam Japan University, Vietnam National University- Hanoi, Viet Nam  

    2022.02
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  • (Invited Lecture) Climate change and economic development

    Universiti Malaysia Sarawak  

    2021.12
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  • Demographic transition and its impacts on fiscal sustainability in East and Southeast Asia

    American University of Phnom Penh  

    2021.11
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  • Development Economies

    Hosei University  

    2021.04
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    2021.08
     

  • Introduction to Economics

    Kyorin University  

    2020.09
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    2021.08
     

  • Introduction to Social Research

    Waseda University  

    2020.04
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    2021.03
     

  • Economic, Social, and Environmental Sustainability

    Waseda University  

    2020.04
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    2021.03
     

  • (Invited Lecture) Asia in the global context: Economic perspective (Online)

    Thammasat University  

    2020.10
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  • Quantitative Methods

    Meiji Gakuin University  

    2019.09
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    2020.03
     

  • Labour Market in the Global Economy

    Meiji Gakuin University  

    2019.09
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    2020.03
     

  • (Invited Lecture) Thailand’s Economic and Social Development

    Asia University  

    2020.01
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  • (Invited Lecture) The Role of Education in Social and Community Development - Education and Social Problems in Thailand

    Rikkyo University  

    2018
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    2020
     

  • (Invited Lecture) Thailand-Japan Relations: Trade, Investment, Tourism, and People-to-People Exchanges

    Kanda Gaigo Gakuin  

    2019.12
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  • (Invited Lecture) Malaysia-Japan Relations: Economic and Social Perspective

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs  

    2019.10
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  • (Invited Lecture) ASEAN-Japan Relations: Trade and Investment

    Tokyo International University  

    2019.06
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  • Microeconomics II

    Hosei University  

    2017.09
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    2019.03
     

  • (Invited Lecture) Research Design in Development Education (MA Programme)

    Chulalongkorn University  

    2012.06
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Academic Activities

  • The Developing Economies

  • International Journal of Educational Development

  • Sustainability

  • Social Sciences

  • Journal of Social and Economic Development

  • Applied Economics Journal

  • Southeast Asian Journal of Economics

  • Asian Journal of Technology Innovation

  • Journal of Sustainable Finance and Investment

  • Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy

  • Applied Economics Letters

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Research Institute

  • 2022
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    2024

    Waseda Center for a Carbon Neutral Society   Concurrent Researcher

Internal Special Research Projects

  • Thailand and the Middle-Income Trap: An Analysis from the Global Value Chain Perspective

    2023  

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    The study provides a critical analysis through the lens of the global value chain (GVC) framework with empirical data on value-added trade to explain Thailand's middle-income trap (MIT) by matching GVC data at the firm, industry, and country levels with the economic development trajectory. The results show that participation in GVCs contributes to initial industrialisation and economic development. However, it does not guarantee subsequent technological upgrading, as there is a risk of falling into the middle-income technology trap (MITT). Thailand is highly dependent on passive technology and specialisation imposed by headquartered countries, trapping the country in the middle of value chains with limited knowledge and technology transfer. As a result, Thailand has fallen into the MITT, where it cannot sustain growth and catch up with the more innovative advanced economies, leading to it falling into the MIT. To escape both traps, the government can consider policies that address inadequate knowledge and technology transfer and the lack of capacity of local firms.

  • Thailand and the Middle-Income Trap: An Analysis from the Global Value Chain Perspective

    2023  

     View Summary

    The study provides a critical analysis through the lens of the global value chain (GVC) framework with empirical data on value-added trade to explain Thailand's middle-income trap (MIT) by matching GVC data at the firm, industry, and country levels with the economic development trajectory. The results show that participation in GVCs contributes to initial industrialisation and economic development. However, it does not guarantee subsequent technological upgrading, as there is a risk of falling intothe middle-income technology trap (MITT). Thailand is highly dependent on passive technology and specialisation imposed by headquartered countries, trapping the country in the middle of value chains with limited knowledge and technology transfer. As a result, Thailand has fallen into the MITT, where it cannot sustain growth and catch up with the more innovative advanced economies, leading to it falling into the MIT. To escape both traps, the government can consider policies that address inadequate knowledge and technology transfer and the lack of capacity of local firms.

  • The determinants of wage inequality and occupational risk exposure of women in the informal sector: A comprehensive analysis with a case study of Thailand

    2020  

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    This study provides a comprehensive analysis of informal workers in Thailand by utilising the 2006-2019 Thai Informal Employment Survey data. The estimated results reveal the adverse effects of informal employment on workers’ economic and social conditions as follows: 1) the wages gap working against informal employment, confirming that informal employment is not a choice but rather an unavoidable constraint (Oaxaca-Blinder decomposition), 2) a negative relationship between informal employment and wages, particularly among workers in the lowest tail of the wage distribution (quantile regression), and 3) a positive association between informal employment and occupational risks, particularly injury with high severity (logit and probit models). Therefore, policies to smooth informal workers’ mobility to the formal sector is crucial. Furthermore, the analyses manifest the importance of schooling in reducing the tendency to work in the informal sector, narrowing the wages gap, and lowering occupational risks and injury severity. However, the estimated results from the pseudo-panel fixed effects regression show no relationship between schooling and informal workers’ wages but a positive relationship between their wages and working experience. Thus, policymakers may adopt schooling-related policies to improve informal workers’ welfares and mobility to the formal sector. On the other hand, to help workers who inevitably remain in the informal sector, the government may resort to policies regarding working experience, e.g. on-the-job training programmes, to help informal workers earn more wages and, in turn, become less vulnerable.