The Center

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Established in 1996 amidst a policy environment of sweeping reforms in the Philippines, the Asian Institute of Management Rizalino S. Navarro Policy Center for Competitiveness (AIM-RSN-PCC) is the Institute's public policy think tank and research arm. Formerly known as the AIM Policy Center, the RSN-PCC is tasked with responding to emerging international economic trends and the demands of an increasingly integrated and competitive global trade and finance environment. Since its inception, it has carried out its mandate by producing cutting-edge policy and academic research, providing technical assistance to multilateral organizations and actors from the public and private sectors, and hosting evidence-based policy discussions in support of the long-term growth and development of the Asian region and the Philippines.

Although the Center is still engaged in other forms of development, policy, and economic research, its renaming in 2015 prompted a shift in focus towards building national competitiveness and promoting shared prosperity. Today, the AIM-RSN-PCC is one of the most productive units in the Institute in terms of research output (working papers, publications, and events) and media coverage.

Programs

Research

Guided by its competitiveness framework, the Center carries out a dynamic research agenda. Beginning 2017, the Center has focused on two main research tracks: (1) building competitiveness and promoting shared prosperity, and (2) competition and competition policy. Special attention is given to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as an important source of growth and employment, their competitiveness, linkages among themselves and with large enterprises, their participation in local, regional, and global value chains, and how they are affected by competition and competition policy.

In addition to its core research agenda, AIM-RSN-PCC frequently responds to current events and participates in relevant policy debates that affect national competitiveness through evidence-based opinion/editorial articles, events, and full research papers. The Center has engaged in timely research on crime, corruption, political inclusiveness, taxation, access to finance, crisis resilience, and youth affairs.

Complementing the resources and effort put by the Center on its research are partners from the academe, government, multilateral organizations, and the civil society. The Center has a long-standing standing partnership with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, the International Institute for Management Development in producing the World Competitiveness Yearbook, and the Social Weather Stations. Among its recent partners include the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the International Development Research Center (IDRC).

Publications and Output

Full working papers are the primary publication output of the the AIM-RSN-PCC. Recognizing the many audiences and stakeholders involved in matters of national competitiveness, however, the Center aims to convert its working papers into various forms each targeting a specific audience: scholarly journal articles, opinion/editorial pieces, policy briefs, and press releases. The Center also organizes conferences and public fora as means of disseminating research while encouraging public discourse. From 2011 to 2016, AIM-RSN-PCC produced a total of 56 working papers, 24 peer-reviewed journal articles, several book chapters, and four books. Its research output has also produced 76 conferences, forums, workshops, round-table discussions, and other events. As evidence of its reach to the general public, the Center’s studies spawned 56 opinion-editorial pieces and 271 quotations/citations in print, broadcast, or online media. The Center has also been recognized internationally, being included in the University of Pennsylvania’s Go To Think Tank Index Report of top think tanks worldwide.

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