I have been working on three main areas of research. First, I apply macro-econometric models and analyze mid-term economic planning schemes such as five-year plans with the aim of understanding the past and the present as well as predicting the future of the Lao economy. Second, I have been collaborating with my colleagues since 2007 to predict the effects of infrastructure development and trade facilitation measures, using IDE-GSM (a geographical simulation model developed by the JETRO Institute of Developing Economies). Third, I apply high-resolution, high-frequency nighttime light and air pollution data observed by satellites in order to monitor sub-national regional economic changes in developing countries where administrative data are inadequate or non-existent.
Current research projects
My research examines the macroeconomy of Laos. I will continue to work with my colleagues to expand the coverage of the IDE-GSM, a geographical simulation model developed by the JETRO Institute of Developing Economies, and to divide the sub-national regions into smaller areas. Toward the application of remote sensing data, my short- and medium-term goals are to incorporate mobile device location data as well as the vast amounts of POI (point of interest) information compiled by volunteers worldwide with big data in order to estimate sub-national regional products in more detailed sectors.