Innovation and Productivity Research Group


The research group highlights the importance of worker transformation and skill-development to support economic development and productivity enhancement in Indonesia. Issues of particular interest include developing better information of demand and supply of works, identifying skill-shortages, and understanding various factors in labor market and economic policies, technology, and infrastructure that  will affect worker’s productive, adaptive and innovative capacity. The group applies multidisciplinary approaches to provide empirical-based policy discussion with regard to the issues.

Head of Innovation and Productivity Research Group

Dr. Arie Damayanti, S.E., M.Sc.
Innovation and Productivity

Arie Damayanti received her bachelor degree in Economics from Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Indonesia, before she earned a master degree in Financial Economics and Econometrics from University of Essex, UK, in 2000. Later on, she received her PhD from Faculty of Economics, Kyoto University, Japan in 2006. Arie Damayanti has joined LPEM FEB UI since 1995, before resumed as Deputy Director (2009-2015), and later was a Director of Graduate Program in Economics, Faculty of Economics  Business, from 2015-2018. Her research interest is on labor economics and applied micro econometrics.


Deputy Head of Innovation and Productivity Research Group

Muhammad Hanri received his bachelor’s in economics from the Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia (FE UI) in 2009. He then obtained the title of MSc in economics from the University of Southampton, the United Kingdom, funded by Chevening Scholarship of The British Commonwealth Office in 2013. A few years later, he earned a PhD in economics from the same university in 2018, funded by Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP).

Hanri held positions as consultant and researcher in several institutions such as the Directorate of Regional Autonomy of the Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS), National Economic Council (KEN) Republic of Indonesia, The World Bank at Washington D.C. Headquarters Office, ESRC for Population Change at the University of Southampton, as well as an individual consultant in various institutions. Academically, he served as a tutor in the Department of Economics, Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia (FE UI) and in the School of Social Sciences, University of Southampton. He also holds a position as a home-based lecturer for the Master of Economic Planning and Development Policy Program, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Indonesia (MPKP FEB UI).

His research interest includes Labour Economics and Migration, Development Economics, Education Economics, Social Protection and Poverty, and Applied Economics. In those areas, he has presented some of his works in conferences in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

Past Research Group Projects:
  • Indonesian Youth Workforce Assessment Beneficiaries Profile (USAID)
  • Survey on Analytical Capacity Development Partnership (ADCP) (Asian Development Bank)
  • Institutional Capacity Assessment on Nutrition in Indonesia (UNICEF)
  • Kajian Peran Sekolah Internasional pada Sosial – Ekonomi Masyarakat. Studi Kasus: Jakarta Intercultural  School (JIS)