ISSN: 0127-1962
e-ISSN: 2716-6058

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Inequality and Public Policy in Asia


Due to many requests, the submission of articles for the special issue is extended until 15 July 2022.


Guest Editor: Professor M Niaz Asadullah

Monash University Malaysia & Global Labor Organization (GLO) Southeast Asia


Overview of the Special Issue: While income inequality has declined significantly at the global level in the past decade as reflected in many socio-economic indicators, within country inequality is surprisingly on the rise. Rapid economic growth and market reforms have helped reduce extreme poverty within Asian region, but this also coincided with a worsening distribution of earnings, wages and wealth. These contrasting patterns have raised questions about the progressivity of public policy and its efficacy in achieving growth with equity. To what extent have fiscal policies succeeded in reducing inequality in Asia? How important was the role of social expenditures on health and education? And what about the design of social safety nets, labor market reforms, and financial sector inclusion?

To answer the above questions, the editorial board of Jurnal Ekonomi Malaysia is seeking scholarly manuscripts for a special issue on inequality and public policy in Asia. This special issue is in collaboration with Global Labor Organization (GLO).

The SI focus is on contemporary issues involving all aspects of inequality (social and economic). Social science research including a range of disciplinary perspectives and quantitative methods is welcome. Manuscripts in the following issues, but not limited to, are welcome:

  • Within and cross-country analysis of trends in and drivers of inequality in Asia
  • Policy drivers of rising or declining inequality in Asia
  • Political economic analysis of fiscal and tax policy
  • Inequality of pre-market opportunities (e.g. health, education)
  • Financial shock, economic crisis and redistributive policy measures

More Information about the Journal

Jurnal Ekonomi Malaysia is an internationally refereed SCOPUS-indexed journal published by Penerbit UKM, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia three times a year. The journal publishes original articles, research notes and book reviews on economic-related issues. It is also one of the oldest SCOPUS-indexed economics journals published from Southeast Asia.

Submission Information

Word limit: 6,000-8,000

Total number of papers to be Accepted Paper: 8-10

Registration and Submission:

Select article type “Special issue” in the submission process.

Author guidelines:

Enquiries on Submission:

Informal enquiries on proposed topics and potential fit with Special Issue objective:


Key Deadlines

Opening Submission Date: 1 May 2022

Extended Closing Submission Date: 15 July 2022*

*Further extension may be considered on case by case basis.

Possible publication date: October 2022