The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), will hold a public webinar on March 11, 2021, from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM, via CISCO Webex. The virtual event’s topic is the digital economy.

ADB’s Senior Economist Mr. James Villafuerte will talk about the increasing use and adoption of digital technology and its impacts on the lives of people, especially in the post-pandemic period. He will present the benefits and opportunities from digital transformation as well as discuss the risks and challenges that come with it, and how sectors can work together to ensure financial inclusion in the digital economy.

PIDS Senior Research Fellow Dr. Jose Ramon Albert, on the other hand, will present his paper titled “Towards Measuring the Platform Economy: Concepts, Indicators, and Issues”. The study defines platforms, typologies and related classifications, as well as describes the drivers of value creation and capture in platforms, and discusses policy implications. It also tackles issues on data collection arising from the complex and cross-border nature of digital platforms. At the same time, it proposes possible approaches for obtaining data and indicators to measure the online platform economy to allow policymakers, businesses, and the public to better understand the socioeconomic implications of increasing digitalization and the rise of the digital economy.  

You may read or download the PIDS study from this link and ADB’s 2021 Asian Economic Integration Report from this URL:


Towards Measuring the Platform Economy: Concepts, Indicators, and Issues presented by Dr. Jose Ramon Albert, Senior Research Fellow, PIDS

Asia Economic Integration Report 2021: Making Digital Platforms Work in Asia presented by Mr. James Villafuerte, Senior Economist, ADB

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