The regional economics department focuses on sustainable development, economic integration and governance in the Asia Pacific and the world. It also provides policy-related research that is relevant to decision-makers and researchers. Key research areas include international trade and investment in East Asia, climate change and economic development, infrastructure development and connectivity, labour mobility and ASEAN economic integration.
The department organizes workshops, seminars, and conferences. It also publishes books and policy papers related to regional economic issues such as Regional Economic Outlook.