Understand and quantify the developmental effects of Special Economic Zones Learn more about us Latest News News Project member from Jadavpur University on a research visit to Kiel 10.07.2023 Doctoral researcher Rajarshi Chowdhury from Jadavpur University, Kolkata/India, has visited the Kiel Institute for a one-month research stay from mid-June to mid-July 2023. Mr. Chowdhury is working on his Ph.D. thesis under the supervision of Professor Saikat Sinha Roy on how Special Economic Zones in India affect manufacturing wage inequality and inequality in consumption expenditure and land ownership among local households. Mr. Chowdhury presented his work at the scientific workshop of the SEZ project “Special Economic Zones: Lessons from Developing Countries”, which took place at the Kiel Institute on 14 and 15 June 2023. News Paper on SEZs and income inequality in Indonesia accepted for publication 10.05.2023 The research paper titled “Economic Zones and Local Income Inequality: Evidence from Indonesia” authored by project member Cecília Hornok (Kiel Institute) and Dewa Gede Sidan Raeskyesa (Vienna University of Economics and Business) has been accepted for publication in The Journal of Economic Inequality. The paper provides empirical evidence from Indonesian provinces on the relationship between economic zones and within-province income inequality. It combines panel estimation methods on province-level data for the whole of Indonesia with three synthetic control studies on the opening of individual economic zones in three different provinces. The results suggest that local income inequality tends to rise after an economic zone opens in a province. Although the average estimate is relatively small, it masks large regional differences, suggesting that the inequality implications of economic zone policies depend on local conditions. News Professor Aggarwal spoke at AICE 2023 on the role of trust in SEZ governance 08.05.2023 The World Free Zones Organization’s 9th Annual International Conference & Exhibition (AICE 2023) was held in Dubai from 1 to 3 May 2023, where project member Prof. Aradhna Aggarwal participated as a speaker in a panel discussion on the role of trust in SEZ governance systems. Prof. Aggarwal presented a conceptual framework of the ecosystem of trust and argued why trust is so crucial in SEZ governance and how different stakeholders need to contribute to trust building. The key message was that a network of relationships held together by trust underpins the success of SEZs in driving trade and investment. Trust requires deliberate strategies, committed stakeholders, efficient regulations, transparent processes, focus on ESG considerations, compliances and certifications. The event, titled “Global Trade 2.0: Zones, An Ecosystem of Trust Driving Prosperity”, was attended by more than 1000 industry leaders and officials as well as ministers and high-level government officials from several countries. show more Meet the Special Economic Zones ExpertsGo to Team page Events 14 - 15 Jun 2023 Workshop Scientific Workshop „Special Economic Zones: Lessons from Developing Countries” 20 - 21 Jun 2022 Workshop Third SEZ Project Workshop 30 - 01 Nov - Dec 2021 Workshop Second SEZ Project Workshop 24 - 25 Nov 2020 Workshop Special Economic Zones: A Force for Good to Reduce Inequality?