Calvin Cheng is an Senior Analyst in the Economics, Trade and Regional Integration (ETRI) division. His primary research interests include economic growth and development, international trade, and social assistance. Some of Calvin’s recent work has focused on the unequal labour market impacts of the COVID-19 crisis in Malaysia as well as on Malaysia's economic responses to the pandemic. In the past, his research has covered topics such as the impacts of the US-China trade conflict on the region as well as the program design of cash transfer programs like Malaysia’s BSH/BR1M program.
His research has been published in various international and domestic publications and is regularly featured on various media outlets. He holds a degree in Economics with a focus on Economics and Econometrics from Monash University in Clayton. Prior to joining ISIS Malaysia, Calvin was an economics analyst at a private sector investment firm.