Why Edunomix?


I launched Edunomix as an open source blog and data analysis project–with a specific focus on Asia and Emerging Markets– to help readers (including myself) better understand the deepening relationship between education, economic development and investment trends.  Certain ideas and op-eds from this blog have been featured in major media such as BloombergAssociated Press, Washington Post, BBC News, Chronicle of Higher Education, EdSurge, Inside Higher Education, ICEF Monitor, University World News and other publications (in translation, mainly Chinese).

Why “Edunomix”?  During my years working in Asia it was clear to me that educational achievement was the cornerstone of strong, equitable and sustainable economic growth.  That is even more true today.  The 21st century is already being shaped by the rise of robots, intense competition for talent and innovation, changes to international norms, mass job insecurity, but also boundless opportunity on a global scale. The result is that an educated population is more than ever the determinant of a country’s economic competitiveness, national security and future place in the world.

At ground level, from China’s re-balancing toward innovation to the number of students leaving Nigeria’s shores to study abroad, today’s global brain race is being driven by new ideas, enabling technologies, partnership networks, media platforms and innovative content. With global education spending estimated at close to US$10 trillion–and the private sector playing an increasingly critical role–the opportunities around the world are immense, but so are the challenges.

I hope to provide some unique perspective on these issues.


I’ve spent most of my career in and around Asia and China, including two decades living and working in the region.  After a brief stint in Korea I entered post-graduate studies at Beijing and Nanjing Universities, in July, 1989, exactly one month after the Tianamen Square protests.  To borrow words from US Secretary State Dean Acheson, I was “present at the creation” of economic take-off in Greater China as well as the frenetic run-up in investment, privatization, IPOs and multinational M&A activity culminating in the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997. Fun times.

Since then I have worked across various professional roles: as an economist, consultant, investor, research analyst, and education entrepreneur.  For the past decade my focus has narrowed to include three areas:  education, labor markets and knowledge industries. I founded a research firm that works with clients across private and public sectors in these areas; founded PeplWorks, a company that applies predictive analytics to labor markets and workforce development; and run Versatile PhD, one of the largest career platforms for PhDs and post-docs in the world.


Todd Maurer is a leading emerging market specialist and founder of 3/1 Global Research, a firm that provides a more data-intensive approach to education and human capital industries, with a particular focus on Asia.  He is also a Partner at Educated Ventures and President of Versatile PhD.  For over two decades he has represented client engagements and principal investments across global emerging markets through a range of research, analytics, strategy and M&A expertise.  His firm has represented clients ranging from leading multinational to mid-market firms, start-ups, universities and global investment funds.

Todd was previously Vice President of Corporate Development for Asia at Apollo Global, a joint venture education investment company formed in 2007 by Apollo Education Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: APOL) and Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG), with operations in 14 countries. Prior to this he was a Partner at Lotus Asset Management Limited, a Hong Kong-based hedge fund and alternative investment firm, where he ran investment research across Asia. He spent his first decade in Asia working in senior corporate finance and equity research positions at Peregrine Investments Holdings Limited, based in Beijing, Seoul and Hong Kong, and brings deep transaction experience throughout the Asia-Pacific. He began his career as a trade economist with KOTRA, a Korean government agency.

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Unless otherwise noted, all work on this site is that of Todd Maurer and credit should be given as such.  Mr. Maurer assumes no responsibility for losses, monetary or otherwise, resulting from the publication of his work.  For more information, please contact info@threeoneglobal.com.

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