PEP-PAGE video series

The "PEP-PAGE video series" was created to present each of the projects selected for support under the new PEP research and capacity building initiative for Policy Analysis on Growth and Employment (PAGE) in developing countries. The PAGE program is co-funded by UK's Department for International Development (DFID) and Canada's International Development Research Center (IDRC).

Click here to find more information on the PAGE program.

In June 2013, 23 projects were selected to receive support under the first round of PAGE funding. This is one of these projects:

Assessing the impacts of trade policies on growth, employment and poverty in Cambodia

Background, objective and method


This strategy has been elaborated in a number of Government policy frameworks and yet, there has been no evidence from in-depth analysis to support such policies, i.e. to measure the potential costs and benefits, especially in terms of growth and employment, of increased trade liberalization. Despite positive claims from the policy side, there is ongoing debate as to whether or not Cambodia may be ready for full trade liberalization, especially given its low-skills labour force and limited infrastructure.

This project aims to produce reliable evidence regarding the significance and actual effects of this trend on growth, employment and poverty reduction in the country.  Through macro-micro policy simulations (find out more about the method), the researchers seek to identify the policy options that would help maximize the benefits and minimize the costs, while preparing the country for full trade liberalization. 

Research team

  • Mr. Dyna Heng
    Coordinator, Cambodian Economic Association (CEA)
  • Ms. Kagna Em
    Research Associate, Center for Policy Studies of the CEA
  • Mr. Senh Senghor
    Researcher, Cambodian Economic Association (CEA)
  • Ms. Sokrachany Ngim
    Lecturer, Royal University of Law and Economics
  • Mr. Sothy Ear
    Government Official, Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy
  • Ms. Theary Chan
    Analyst, Ministry of Economy and Finance



Project links - reports and publications

Find out more about this project - its analytical approach and outcomes - through the following links/documents:


PEP project PMMA-12387 (web page)


Project proposal (Word doc)


Interim research report (Word doc)


Final research report


Working paper


Policy brief


Slide presentation


Policy responsiveness and engagement

This research proposal was designed in consultation with researchers and advisors from the Supreme National Economic Council (SNEC), think tanks and other institutions at the national level (see listed below), whose inputs were used to shape the design of the project and, especially, to identify the specific evidence gaps to be filled.

The SNEC in particular, which is the top economic think tank for the Royal Government of Cambodia, is a highly strategic audience as it is the main and most influential institution in economic policymaking in Cambodia, with direct access to the Prime Minister.

Institutions/organizations involved in the consultation and dissemination activities of this project, at the national level, include:

  • Ministry of Economy and Finance; Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy; Ministry of Planning
  • UNICEF-Cambodia; UNDP; NGO Forum in Cambodia
  • Cambodian Economic Association (incl. Center for Policy Studies)
  • Royal University of Law and Economics; Royal University of Phnom Penh



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