Iwan J. Azis

Iwan Azis is an adjunct professor at Cornell's Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and a professor of economics at the University of Indonesia. He has been teaching in regional science, and city and regional planning at Cornell since 1992, and was the director of graduate studies of the program from 2005 to 2010.

His research interest is in macro-financial development linkages with social and regional issues. He received the Distinguished Scholar in Regional Science, Financial Economics, and Economic Modeling award in 2006, and has done advising and research work for governments, international organizations, and universities. He was appointed as the head of regional integration of the Asian Development Bank in 2010 and served until 2015.

Azis earned his Ph.D. and master’s of science degrees in regional science from Cornell and completed his undergraduate education in economics at the University of Indonesia.

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

  • Community-based planning and development
  • Economic development 
  • Infrastructure planning
  • International studies in planning
  • Land use/spatial planning
  • Participatory and collaborative planning
  • Regional science
  • Spatial and Financial Economics

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Classes (Selected)

  • CRP 5250 Introductory Methods of Planning AnalysisThis course provides an introduction to methods for developing and evaluating (for the most part) quantitative information in support of planning. The methods considered are widely used by planning practitioners and policy analysts and embody modalities of thinking that often structure the ways that issues are framed for public discussions and policy decisions. CRP 5250 is a four-credit-hour course; hence, by university expectations, it is assumed that students will spend up to eight hours per week on readings and assignments or in attending recitation sessions outside of class.
  • CRP 6330 Methods of Regional Science and Planning IIIs the world flat and "distance is dead"? Despite recent claims, geographic proximity in social interactions has never been more important. How do we introduce space into our models for planning analysis? Why are things as they are? How do we evaluate plans/policies when spatial interactions matter? The course addresses these questions drawing on recent advances in spatial modeling. The methods to be discussed include the framework of inter-regional input-output (IRIO), structural path analysis (SPA), computable general equilibrium (CGE), and agent-based modeling (ABM). We will begin with the top-down IMPLAN analyses, which are appropriate for static, short-term planning challenges, but less so for regions and cities that change continuously. Regions and cities are adaptive, self-organizing systems of individuals whose interdependent actions create urban forms and produce spatial patterns. To explore how macro-patterns emerge from micro-behavior, we will discuss the bottom-up framework of agent-based modeling. The models to be discussed are analytically intractable: results can only be derived using numerical simulations. The analysis therefore requires computer packages, including IMPLAN, Excel, GAMS, and NetLogo. 
  • CRP 3270/6270 Regional Economic Impact Analysis

Publications (Selected)

  • Azis, Iwan J., "Economics and Culture," Bulletin of Monetary Economics and Banking  22, no. 1: 123–132 (2019)
  • Azis, Iwan J., Regional Economics: Fundamental Concepts, Policies, and Institutions (World Scientific Publishing Company, 2019)
  • Azis, Iwan J., "Coping With the Dangerous Component of Capital Flows," Critical Junctures in Mobile Capital, edited by Jocelyn Pixley and Helena Flam, 52-67 (Cambridge University Press, 2018)
  • Azis, Iwan J., Mathematical Models For Economic Analysis: Selected Topics and Applications (Universitas Indonesia Press, 2018)
  • Azis, Iwan J., Shin, Hyun Song, Managing Elevated Risk (Springer Singapore, 2015)
  • Azis, Iwan J., Crisis, Complexity, and Conflict (Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2009)
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