Realizing Job Needs across the Pacific

Photo: Luis Ascui.
Photo: Luis Ascui.

This paper analyzes the common challenges and drivers of job growth in the Pacific, and policy options to improve the labor market.


The Pacific region includes countries with high population growth rates and those with declining populations. Labor market issues are therefore diverse, and efforts to address them are best developed in country-specific contexts. Nonetheless, this overview highlights some of the dominant labor market challenges in the region, considers underlying economic and labor market conditions, and discusses policy options for addressing these challenges.

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  • Christopher Edmonds    
    Senior Economist, Asian Development Bank

    Christopher Edmonds manages ADB’s economics research for the Pacific, and oversees the flagship Pacific Economic Monitor publication. He provides economic inputs to ADB’s various loan operations and programming efforts for the Pacific. His work outside ADB includes teaching and research assignments with the University of Hawai'i – Mānoa, the East-West Center, and the International Rice Research Institute.

  • Andrew Parker    
    Principal Social Sector Economist, Asian Development Bank

    Andrew Parker is an economist at the urban, social development, and public management division of ADB’s Pacific Department. He has over 25 years of combined professional experience in social development, economic research and planning, capacity development, framework design and implementation, and project administration. He obtained his doctoral degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 1998; master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from University of East Anglia, United Kingdom in 1990; and his bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of College London, United Kingdom in 1984.

   Industry and trade, Social development and protection
   Last updated: July 2014



The views expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Asian Development Bank, its management, its Board of Directors, or its members.

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