Geo-Economic Dataset for Asia
Why is GEDA necessary?
- Most East Asian countries have relatively reliable and good quality economic data at the national level, but many have surprisingly poor economic data at the sub-national level. In East Asia, economic development will continue for several decades based on the dynamic relocation of population and industries within the region. The growing number of regional FTA/EPA, development of cross-country transport infrastructure, and globalization make country-level analysis insufficient: thus, we need to investigate sub-national regions or cities connected across national borders.
- However, economic analysis at the sub-national level is scarce compared with that in the EU because of the lack of a suitable geo-economic dataset, which prevents governments from planning reasonable regional development policies. GEDA bridges this gap by providing data for science-based regional development policies and offering a time-series analysis of the changing locations of populations and industries at the regional level.
- Although the coverage and accuracy of GEDA is not perfect at this moment, we have decided to open the database to the public. By doing so, we expect a higher and wider awareness of the usefulness of Asian geo-economic data for various stakeholders. We are happy to accept any suggestions and contributions to make GEDA more accurate and useful.