Prosperity of Asian Economies to be Studied in New Research Project at UofT's Martin Prosperity Institute

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Prosperity of Asian Economies to be Studied in New Research Project at

UofT's Martin Prosperity Institute

TORONTO, March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Martin

Prosperity Institute (MPI) at the University of Toronto's Rotman

School of Management, in partnership with Manulife Financial, has

established the Manulife Asia Desk; a hub for thought leadership and

research related to Asian economies and prosperity.

The Manulife Asia Desk will be a multi-year project focused on

understanding the prosperity, urbanization, and sustainability of Asia

and its cities. Lead by MPI Research Director Dr. Kevin Stolarick, the

project will provide quality, relevant research for organizations

looking at expanding into Asian markets. Research results will be

shared through a series of reports as well as events including

seminars and roundtables involving the researchers from the MPI and

other partners.

"We have significant business interests in Asia and we're continuing

to develop that opportunity to the fullest," says Jason Dehni, Senior

Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Manulife Financial. "The more we

know, the better we will be able to serve those markets. We believe

other companies can experience success in Asia as well. That's the

focus of the Manulife Asia Desk - supporting research that informs

other companies about the unique business landscapes in different

Asian markets."

"Understanding the Creative Economy in India's Cities" is the first

report in series from the Manulife Asia Desk that will examine

prosperity in Asia, which sheds light on the prosperity of India's

fifty most competitive cities. The report pursues a creative economy

perspective against the backdrop of India's urbanization and economic

transitioning from an agricultural and industrial economy to a

creativity- and service-based post-industrial economy. With the

support from Manulife Financial, MPI will expand their research to

China and East Asia.

"With the Manulife Asia Desk, we aim to provide informed research to

shape debate about economic prosperity and to inform private, public

and civic decision-making at the highest levels on Asian economies,"

says Jamison Steeve, director of the Martin Prosperity Institute.

"We're grateful for the support of Manulife Financial which has a

strong track record of success in Asia."

About Manulife Financial Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based

financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and

the United States. Clients look to Manulife for strong, reliable,

trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant

financial decisions. Our international network of employees, agents

and distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth

management products and services to millions of clients. We also

provide asset management services to institutional customers. Funds

under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were

approximately C$599 billion (US$563 billion) as at December 31, 2013.

The Company operates as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia and

primarily as John Hancock in the United States. Manulife Financial

Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under '945'

on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at

About Rotman School of Management The Rotman School of Management at

the University of Toronto is redesigning business education for the

21st century with a curriculum based on Integrative Thinking. Located

in the world's most diverse city, the Rotman School fosters a new way

to think that enables the design of creative business solutions. For

more information, visit

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SOURCE Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

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/CONTACT: Ken McGuffin, Manager, Media Relations, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Voice 416.946.3818,

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CO: Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto; Manulife Financial

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