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Journal of Southeast Asian Economies

Publication covering economics.

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 2, August

ASEAN's Bilateral Preferential Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreements
Implications for Asian Economic IntegrationThe phenomenon of proliferation of preferential trade agreements, bilaterally and regionally, was particularly more pronounced both in the aftermath of the regional financial and economic crisis that affected...
ASEAN's Bilateral Preferential Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreements: Implications for Asian Economic Integration
I. Introduction While a contentious debate continues to stall the multilateral trade talks at the World Trade Organization (WTO), a plethora of bilateral and regional trading and economic cooperation agreements have been mushrooming globally, and...
Asian Regional Governance: Crisis and Change
DOI: 10.1355/ae26-2g Asian Regional Governance: Crisis and Change. Edited by Kanishka Jayasuriya. Routledge and City University of Hong Kong, 2008. Pp. 284.The economic and financial crisis that swept through the Asia-Pacific region in 1997-98 hit East...
Asia's New Regionalism
DOI: 10.1355/ae26-2h Asia's New Regionalism. By Ellen Frost. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2008. Pp. 293.This book, written by Frost, a former senior U.S. government official, analyses the topic of Asian regionalism, exploring: the main actors...
Examining Interest Rate Linkages among ASEAN-5, China and India
I. Introduction This study examines five senior members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN-5 hereafter): namely, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The economic performance of these countries, better...
Exchange Rate Policy in Vietnam, 1985-2008
I. Introduction In an open economy, the exchange rate is typically one of the most important macroeconomic variables and exerts considerable influence over the inflation rate, international competitiveness and trade performance, financial stability,...
Fiscal Policy Challenges in Timor Leste: Is the Resources Curse on the Horizon?
I. Introduction With a per capita non-oil GDP of US$348 (2007), Timor Leste which emerged as a sovereign nation in 2002, is one of the poorest countries in the world. Human development indicators are also low with literacy rates at 50 per cent,...
Indonesia and ASEAN Free Trade Agreement: Nationalist and Regional Integration Strategy
DOI: 10.1355/ae26-2j Indonesia and ASEAN Free Trade AgreementNationalist and Regional Integration Strategy. By Alexander C. Chandra. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2008. Pp. 275."One of the dangers during a crisis such as this is that people would start...
Inflation and Economic Growth in Malaysia: A Threshold Regression Approach
I. Introduction The conventional view in macroeconomics holds that low inflation is a necessary condition for fostering economic growth. Although the debate about the precise relationship between inflation and growth remains open, the question of...
Labour Market Regulation and Deregulation in Asia
DOI: 10.1355/ae26-2i Labour Market Regulation and Deregulation in Asia. Edited by Caroline Brassard and Sarthi Acharya. New Delhi: Academic Foundation in association with Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS, 2006. Pp. 229.The edited volume of three...
Public Expenditures, Growth, and Poverty: Lessons from Developing Countries
Public Expenditures, Growth, and Poverty: Lessons from Developing Countries. Edited by Shenggen Fan. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008. Pp. 249. The introductory chapter begins by noting that "More than 1 billion people around...
Public Expenditures, Growth, and Poverty: Lessons from Developing Countries
DOl: 10.1355/ae26-2k Public Expenditures, Growth, and Poverty: Lessons from Developing Countries. Edited by Shenggen Fan. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008. Pp. 249.The introductory chapter begins by noting that "More than 1 billion...
Spatial Concentration of the Informal Small and Cottage Industry in Indonesia
I. Introduction Most enterprises in Indonesia are small (enterprises with five to nineteen employees) and micro enterprises (enterprises with less than five employees). According to Badan Pusat Statistik (BPS 2008), 99.99 per cent of total establishments...