Freer Movement of Skilled Workers: Pitfalls, Positives for ASEAN
By Shang Wei Lin, chief economist, Asian Development Bank
A key feature of the just-launched ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is the greater mobility in eight skilled professions.
Meanwhile, a major challenge facing the international development community is how to confront widening income inequality. That prompts the question of whether greater skills mobility within ASEAN is an inclusive type of economic integration – ie, integration that contributes to a reduction in income or wealth inequality.