Asia’s digitalization: Economic, social and political transformation

Panel organised by: Margot Schüller (GIGA Institute of Asian Studies, Hamburg)

Panel description

Digitalization has become the driving force behind the transformation of people’s lives in Asia. It changes the nature of social interaction and personal relationships, has a strong impact on the production of goods and services and can help emerging economies to overcome the middle-income trap.

Within Asia, the various countries’ policy support for digitalization and the performance of their digital industries strongly differ; there are front runners such as China, Japan and South Korea and latecomers like Indonesia.

The panel aims at studying the various effects of digital technologies in Asian countries, with a focus on their social, economic and political impact. Individual papers may cover the study of single countries and single technologies, or alternatively perform cross-country/cross-technology analysis. Both qualitative and quantitative research articles from different disciplines are welcome.

Panel papers should ideally focus on the following research questions:

  • What kind of digitalization strategies are being pursued (government policy goals and instruments) by Asian countries?
  • What is the focus of research with regard to digital technologies in Asia?
  • To what extent do Asian countries cooperate on digital technologies?
  • What is the development in e-commerce, e-health, and e-mobility in Asia?
  • How is digitalization changing the manufacturing sector in Asian countries?
  • What role do multinational companies play in the development of digitalization in Asia ?
  • How, and to what end, do Asian governments use digital technologies vis-à-vis their domestic population?
  • What is the impact of digitalization on the labour markets in Asia?

Paper proposal

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