The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and International Economic Association (IEA) are pleased to invite papers for the 2023 ADB-IEA Innovative Policy Research Award

The ADB-IEA Innovative Policy Research Award promotes the application of innovative empirical research in economics to support evidence-based policies for addressing key development challenges in Asia and the Pacific.

There is no restriction on topics or themes. ADB’s current operational priorities include (i) tackling climate change as the region is currently producing half of global greenhouse gas emissions; (ii) addressing inequality due to the "digital divide" following rapid digitalization in many parts of the region; (iii) enhancing regional cooperation to facilitate a faster recovery of trade and investment in the region; and (iv) increasing fiscal and economic resilience post pandemic.


  • The author of the award-winning paper will receive a $7,000 grant financed by ADB. If the winning paper has co-authors, the award will be shared equally among co-authors.

  • The top three papers will be presented at the ADB-IEA Award session of the 2023 ADB Annual Meeting. ADB intends to apply the ideas generated by the award-winning paper to its operations and policy advice.


Submissions should meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • The paper must be an original research work in economics that provides evidence for better solutions/policies to address a key development challenge in Asia and the Pacific;
  • The paper has not been published or is under consideration by peer-reviewed journals;
  • The researcher is willing to work with policymakers in an ADB developing member to test and develop the research into policy solutions;
  • Researchers from any country may apply, but the policy solutions must be relevant for an ADB developing member country.
  • We especially encourage young and female scholars and researchers from universities, think-tanks, and academic institutions to apply.

Selection Criteria

  • Relevance of the problem to current regional issues/challenges (25%)
  • Quality of methodology and analysis (25%)
  • Structure and presentation (25%)
  • Operational applicability (25%)

Selection Committee

  • Ramesh Subramaniam, Director General, Southeast Asia Department, Asian Development Bank
  • Chia-Hsin Hu, Deputy Director General, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, Asian Development Bank
  • Alison Booth, Emeritus Professor, Research School of Economics, Australian National University
  • Haroon Bhorat, Professor of Economics and Director of the Development Policy Research Unit, University of Cape Town
  • Karl Kendrick Chua, Former Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Philippines

Submission Due Date

Submissions are due no later than 31 December 2022. We anticipate completing selection of the award-winning paper by the end of February 2023. The winning paper will be announced around early May 2023.

Submission Process

Submissions should include the full paper, including the title, abstract of 100 words or less, JEL codes, and full names of authors. Submit Paper