Asia’s digitalization: Economic, social and political transformation

Panel organised by: Margot Schüller (GIGA Institute of Asian Studies, Hamburg)
schueller@giga-hamburg.de

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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