How We Engage with Emerging Markets
Exactly what constitutes an “emerging market” has, of course, received a lot of scholarly attention. To make it practical, we follow two approaches.
First, there are specific AIB regional chapters with which we share a natural affinity. They are:
We see ourselves as working closely with those chapters in order to engage with scholars in emerging markets.
But those regional categories are not perfect. For example, there are high-income countries like Poland and Hungary in the AIB Central and Eastern Europe Chapter, while the AIB Oceania Chapter includes not only Australia and New Zealand but also several Pacific Islands with low-income or lower-/upper-middle-income economies.
We want to be as inclusive as possible. Thus, we also consider the World Bank’s classifications of low-income, lower-middle-income, and upper-middle-income countries to denote emerging markets. See the categorization here: World Bank Country and Lending Groups – World Bank Data Help Desk.
We use this categorization for specific specialized outreach of EM-SIG events and activities. For example, our Emerging Scholars from Emerging Markets Program (ESEMP) targets doctoral students and early career doctorated scholars affiliated with institutions situated in low-income, lower-middle-income, and upper-middle-income countries.
With this, we do not want to suggest that scholars from high-income countries are not welcome to participate in EM-SIG events! For many EM-SIG events and activities, we do not have a specialized outreach and welcome people from across the globe who share a scholarly interest in emerging markets. For example, we welcome everyone interested in emerging markets to join our yearly Emerging Markets Conference!