Malaysian Institute of Economic Research

An independent economic think tank for Malaysia

The Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER) undertakes independent and high quality problem-oriented research on economic, financial and business issues facing the country and provides advice on macroeconomic management, development and future economic perspectives.


Welcome to our new website

This website is currently under construction. We are building a new website to better serve the public. The process will take some time. Currently we have our staff list and surveys here and we hope to provide more in the future.

Social Media Internship at MIER

We are looking for an intern to support MIER social media outreach and editorial content.

The ideal candidate is passionate about illustration and in creating an engaging social media content. If you have a strong background in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, an in-depth knowledge of Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and familiarity with hosting video conferencing or Webinars, we are interested to have you on board for three months at MIER. A background in Economics, Statistics, Finance and Accounting is an advantage but not a must.

For those who are interested, kindly provide your details such as resume, illustration/graphic design examples, and website to by 12 July 2021.

Best wishes
Dr Hezri Adnan
Executive Director


Dr Hezri Adnan

The Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Hezri Adnan as its Executive Director with effect from 1 July 2021.

With a PhD in Public Policy from the Australian National University, Dr Hezri specialises in sustainable development solutions with work spanning areas such green economy and natural resources governance. His last posting was as CEO of the Langkawi Development Authority from 2019 till April 2021. He also served as a Distinguished Fellow at the Instititute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS). From 2015 to 2018, Hezri served as a Member of the United Nations’ International Resource Panel (IRP), a UN Environment Programme expert body that focuses on strategic issues of resource scarcity and efficiency. He has consulted for international organizations such as UNDP, UNESCAP, UNICEF, UNRISD and the World Bank, on many issues related to development and environmental challenges in the developing world. His past and current advisory roles include Cleared Advisor for the Malaysian Ministry of International Trade and Industries and a Member of the Advisory Council for WWF Malaysia.

“The Board of Trustees is pleased to have Dr Hezri to lead MIER at this critical time where important and new policy imperatives are necessary for the country to move into the post-pandemic recovery years. MIER will step up to contribute to this national effort,” said Tan Sri Sulaiman Mahbob, Chairman of MIER in announcing this appointment.


Dr Sulaiman Mahbob

The Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER) announces the appointment of Tan Sri Datuk Seri Dr. Sulaiman Mahbob as the new Chairman of its Board of Trustees with immediate effect. He replaces Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Kamal Salih who, after two years since returning to MIER to become its Chairman in April 2019, had decided to step down in order to take up the Executive Chairman post in privately-held Ankar Corporation, and simultaneously, Chair of Yayasan Mahkota effective 1 April 2021.

Tan Sri Sulaiman himself is no stranger to MIER as he had served as the second Executive Director of MIER succeeding Tan Sri Kamal in 1994. Tan Sri Sulaiman had also served as the Chairman of MIER from 2012 to April 2019 and had remained a member of the Board since then.

The Board would like to acknowledge with gratitude the dedication and contribution of Tan Sri Kamal as MIER's Chairman, and previously as founding Executive Director, and welcome the appointment of Tan Sri Sulaiman Mahbob.

BCI First Quarter 2021

Lower Optimism

  • Expected index (EI) increases
  • Sales decline slightly
  • Domestic and external orders decrease
  • Capital investment trends up
  • Employment outlook favourable

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CSI First Quarter 2021

Settling Down

  • CSI rises to 10-quarter high but remains below optimism threshold
  • Finances in 1Q21 improve
  • Better income and job prospects expected
  • Growing jitters over rising prices
  • Consumer to go shopping soon

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Our Location

Malaysian Institute of Economic Research

JKR606, Jalan Bukit Petaling
50768 Kuala Lumpur
Phone: 603-2142-0091, 603-2142-5895
Fax: 603-2141-0131
GPS: 3.13098, 101.6962