ACI’s core research themes have evolved over the years and can now be broadly classified into three different clusters listed below.

Research Clusters:

  1. Understanding Sub-national Economies in Asia 
  2. Analysing Competitiveness at the Firm-Level
  3. Identifying Singapore’s Public Policies and Long-term Growth Strategies in a Global Context 


Understanding Sub-National Economies in Asia 

  • Macro level annual update of competitiveness ranking, simulation studies and income growth analysis for well over 100 sub-national economies in Asia including 34 Greater China economies, 33 provinces of Indonesia, 35 states and federal territories of India and ten Association of South East Asian Nations;
  • City-based studies on liveability and intelligent cities with special focus on urban migration and urbanisation policies.



Analysing Competitiveness at the Firm-Level

  • Undertake company/firm level studies on tracking productivity, monitoring efficiency and improving competitiveness for European and Asian companies is 16 Asian economies including China, India, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and ASEAN-10 for potential synergies between them especially amongst the small and medium enterprises (SMEs);
  • Identify shifts in global production networks within Asia and advise on opportunities for multinational corporations (MNCs) to engage in manufacturing migration and evaluate infrastructure investment and development under the “One-belt One-road” strategy advocated by China.


Identifying Singapore’s Public Policies and Long-term Growth Strategies in a Global Context 

  • Re-assessing and re-evaluating Singapore’s public policies in the post-Lee Kuan Yew era which were not only relevant in the past but also continue to be relevant today and likely to be so in the future;
  • Re-evaluating the public policy framework of Singapore through substantive and suitable refinements to fit the changing needs of the globalization era;
  • Formulating public policies and future growth strategies for Singapore so as to stay relevant in the post-Lee Kuan Yew era, extrapolating from new emerging trends, opportunities to be seized with challenges to be met and mastered;
  • Stage-three deals with Singapore’s longer-term survival as a nation, ACI is thus looking at the policies options over the horizon of two to three decades from now.


While a significant proportion of ACI’s research outputs fall under the rubric of the first research cluster, it is noteworthy that we have concurrently embarked on a broader research journey that will culminate in a series of future research outputs encompassing themes enlisted in the other research clusters.