Jayant Menon

Dr Jayant Menon is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore. At ISEAS, Jayant Menon plans to continue his work on trade and investment issues and economic development in the Asian region. His last post was at ADB as Lead Economist in the Office of the Chief Economist. He was also at the ADB Institute in Tokyo from 2005 to 2008. He started work as an academic in Australia, spending almost a decade at the Centre of Policy Studies at Monash University at its original campus in Clayton, Melbourne. He has also worked at the University of Melbourne, Victoria University, and the American University in Washington, DC. He holds adjunct appointments with the Australian National University, University of Nottingham, UK and IDEAS, Malaysia.

Articles by Jayant Menon (8)

COVID-19 Economic Recovery: ASEAN’s Mixed Pattern

Jayant Menon|Sithanonxay Suvannaphakdy

Half of the ASEAN members have contained the Covid-19 pandemic, but not Indonesia and The Philippines. Myanmar, Malaysia and Thailand are dealing with new waves of infection. For countries that have controlled local transmission of the virus, a V-shaped recovery looks likely. For the others, the possibility of a delayed or W-shaped recovery increases the longer reintroduced containment measures stay in place.

New Covid-19 Strains: Domestic Surveillance, Not Selective Travel Bans, Will Go A Longer Way

Jayant Menon

In the ensuing fight against new strains of Covid-19, countries should rely more on intensified domestic surveillance protocols than travel bans.

A child reaches for a giant bubble in Central Park

Opening-up Travel in Southeast Asia: Blowing Bubbles Into Balloons

Jayant Menon

Quarantine-free travel in Southeast Asia is unlikely anytime soon, but regional countries can double efforts to move travel bubbles into bigger travel balloons.

Is It Time to Open Borders?

Jayant Menon

The asymmetry in the treatment of national and international movement with regard to the management of the Covid-19 pandemic is no longer justified. If coupled with robust testing and tracing, opening up borders can deliver economic benefits without significantly raising health risks.

Poor Countries and Covid-19: Flattening the Misery Curve

Jayant Menon

Countries have gone all out to flatten the infection curve of Covid-19. But given the economic costs inflicted on the vulnerable poor, it might be time to think about flattening the misery curve.