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Hiau Looi Kee



Hiau Looi Kee’s work focuses on the effect of FDI and trade policy on firms’ performance and the measurement of barriers to trade.  Her current expertise is suited to provide cross-support in the areas of:

  • Impact of trade and FDI policies on industry and firm performance
  • Measuring trade policy impacts on trade flows
  • Demand-side determinants of trade relationships

More information on Hiau Looi Kee’s research and background

Contact Hiau Looi Kee at or extension 34155 


Examples of Cross-Support provided:

  • Trade Policy Monitoring and Measurements

    • Estimation of the Ad Valorem Equivalent of Non-Tariff Barriers for a set of 24 countries.

    • Study of OTRI and MA-OTRI for MENA countries. Results featured in "Anatomy of non-oil export growth in the Middle East and North Africa region: What is constraining MENA ’s non-oil export expansion?"

    • Study of OTRI and MA-OTRI for East Africa Community during the period 2005-2008.

    • G20 trade policy analysis.

    • Provided input into GMR, which included a new index, TRI and estimates of the associated deadweight loss of countries. Provided estimates of the loss of trade from OTRI figures for a wide range of countries.

    • Organized learning courses and led a course on the trade restrictiveness index for the PREM/DEC learning program.

    • Developed a teaching module on global trade flows and trade restrictiveness for the WBI-Columbia trade course.

  • Trade and firms’ performance

    1. Rising domestic value added in Chinese processing trade.

    2. Bangladeshi’ garment firm productivity and the shared supplier spillovers of FDI.

    3. Nepal Firm Productivity Analysis.

    4. Firms’ Performances in the Services Sector. Analysis of the investment climate in Malaysia and firms’ performance.

    5. Performance of the Services Sector in Penang. Evaluation of firms’ productivity in the business support services sector in Penang, Malaysia.

    6. Analysis of the positive relationship between export variety and aggregate productivity in some East Asian countries.

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