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APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Research Project


APEC is a confederation of 21 Pacific Rim economies that encourages economic cooperation and promotes free trade among its members. The APEC Business Advisory Council, or ABAC, studies issues of economic importance and provides a business perspective on them.

Since 2003, the USC Marshall School of Business has been the only business school worldwide whose MBA students have conducted research for ABAC. Each year, outstanding Marshall MBA students are selected to conduct a research project on specific issues requested by APEC economies. The selected students extend their PRIME trip as a fact-finding mission to meet and interview business/government leaders for their research. The work associated with this project is conducted in addition to each team member’s GSBA 580 PRIME project and course work.

In November, the ABAC Marshall MBA team will travel to the ABAC CEO Meeting and present their findings. Their research will be included in the annual prioritized advice report that ABAC gives to the 21 APEC Heads of State.

Year Destination Project
2003 Bangkok, Thailand Connecting BizAPEC and E-IAP to the Business Community
2004 Santiago, Chile Developing the E-Commerce Environment
2005 Seoul, South Korea Barriers to Global Trade Through Marine Ports
2006 Hanoi, Vietnam The Proliferation of Free Trade Agreements in the Asia-Pacific Region: A Business Perspective 
2007 Sydney, Australia Rules of Origin Regimes and Impact on Business in the APEC Region
2008 Lima, Peru Behind the Border: Non-Tariff Barriers to Trade in the APEC Region
2009 Singapore Labor Mobility

Link to current team and faculty