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Reports from SERI Quarterly, SERI's in-depth quarterly journal on the Korean and Northeast Asian economies

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  • The Future of Industrial Cooperation between the EU and Korea
    October 2013 The Future of Industrial Cooperation between the EU and Korea

    Despite undergoing two major crises in the past five years, the major economies of the EU, the world’s first “advanced countries,” maintain world leading competitiveness in research, high end manufacturing and creative content. Combined with Korea’s development experience and expertise in production, numerous areas exist for fruitful cooperation.

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  • Antitrust Enforcement in Relation to Exploitative Conduct
    October 2013 Antitrust Enforcement in Relation to Exploitative Conduct

    Antitrust enforcement is a challenge beset with complex issues and unintended consequences. Government intervention in pricing in particular can distort incentives for firms to invest and innovate. Antitrust enforcement, however, has an important role in preventing abuses of patents needed for essential standard technologies.

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  • Sluggish Consumption in Advanced Countries and Responses from Leading Companies
    July 2013 Sluggish Consumption in Advanced Countries and Responses from Leading Companies

    The global financial crisis has introduced a prolonged period of anemic consumption worldwide, and inducing consumers to open their wallets has become harder than ever. Companies that are succeeding in convincing reluctant consumers are deploying a strategy of value for money, and more innovation, while catering to sensible shoppers.

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  • Does Technology Create Jobs?
    July 2013 Does Technology Create Jobs?

    The effect of new technology on employment has been a question for economists since the industrial revolution, and one that has grown more and more relevant as digital technology restructures the modern workplace. Technological innovation can indeed replace workers, but it can also promote hiring over both the short and long run.

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  • The Potential of ASEAN Revisited
    April 2013 The Potential of ASEAN Revisited

    ASEAN has proven itself to be a remarkably competitive and resilient region, and its growth is once again attracting interest from investors. Its growing working age population and large and competitive workforce make it a strong alternative to China, while its large and growing middle class make it a promising market.

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  • Sovereign Wealth Funds: Are They Informed Investors?
    April 2013 Sovereign Wealth Funds: Are They Informed Investors?

    The rise of sovereign wealth funds on the world’s financial markets has come with voluminous discussion on their implications for the economy, and particularly the potential for foreign governments to wield outsize influence. Recent research finds that sovereign wealth funds are much less savvy than is commonly believed.

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  • Rising Protectionism in Emerging Countries
    January 2013 Rising Protectionism in Emerging Countries

    Slowing growth and flagging exports have spurred a return to protectionism worldwide, and this is particularly the case in emerging markets. Some of these include “Buy National” campaigns, increased regulations and FDI controls. Moderating the harm caused by protectionism can come in the form of diplomatic efforts and proactive policies by companies.

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  • Foreign Banks in Emerging Economies: Friends or Foes?
    January 2013 Foreign Banks in Emerging Economies: Friends or Foes?

    Foreign banks have an outsize influence on emerging economies as a force for both good and ill. In boom times, foreign banks introduce much needed credit that spurs rapid growth. In bad times, however, foreign banks can transmit shocks from their home country and spread them to the most vulnerable economies.

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