Essays and Comments Archive

  • Each year, the editors of the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies (BIES) make six recently published articles free to access online. Their selections for 2017 are below. Simply click on the titles to get started.   Jokowi and the New Developmentalism Eve Warburton December 2016 (52.3) Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo […]

    BIES: Read our latest free-access collection

    Each year, the editors of the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies (BIES) make six recently published articles free to access online. Their selections for 2017 are below. Simply click on the titles to get started.   Jokowi and the New Developmentalism Eve Warburton December 2016 (52.3) Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo […]

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  • The sometimes rocky Australia-Indonesia relations have been given a major shot in the arm with the meetings between Prime Minister Turnbull and President Joko Widodo the weekend before last – and again today. Australia’s relations with Indonesia are complex, broad-ranging and arguably more challenging than any of our major bilateral relationships. As […]

    A trade breakthrough with Indonesia is only for the patient

    The sometimes rocky Australia-Indonesia relations have been given a major shot in the arm with the meetings between Prime Minister Turnbull and President Joko Widodo the weekend before last – and again today. Australia’s relations with Indonesia are complex, broad-ranging and arguably more challenging than any of our major bilateral relationships. As […]

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  • Professor Mari Pangestu from the University of Indonesia and Indonesia’s former Minister will be co-convening the 2017 Indonesia Update on Globalisation, nationalism and sovereignty. Below is the Q&A session she had with The Asia Foundation in San Francisco as a 2016 Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Visiting Fellow. In Asia editor Alma […]

    Q&A with Indonesia’s leading Economist and former Minister Mari Pangestu

    Professor Mari Pangestu from the University of Indonesia and Indonesia’s former Minister will be co-convening the 2017 Indonesia Update on Globalisation, nationalism and sovereignty. Below is the Q&A session she had with The Asia Foundation in San Francisco as a 2016 Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Visiting Fellow. In Asia editor Alma […]

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  • By Pierre van der Eng This article was first published in the Jakarta Post. There is increasing concern about Indonesia’s slowing gross domestic product (GDP) growth during the last few years to 4.8 percent during 2015. Slowing economic growth has several consequences; most importantly it foreshadows slower growth of new […]

    Indonesia’s unprecedented productivity growth

    By Pierre van der Eng This article was first published in the Jakarta Post. There is increasing concern about Indonesia’s slowing gross domestic product (GDP) growth during the last few years to 4.8 percent during 2015. Slowing economic growth has several consequences; most importantly it foreshadows slower growth of new […]

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  • By Muhammad Chatib Basri This article was first published in Kompas newspaper 16 June 2016. We noted that the Indonesian economy in the first quarter of 2016 grew only 4.92 percent. What followed it appeared were many reactions and questions about the effectiveness of the government’s policy packages. I think, […]

    Muhammad Chatib Basri on stimulating economic growth

    By Muhammad Chatib Basri This article was first published in Kompas newspaper 16 June 2016. We noted that the Indonesian economy in the first quarter of 2016 grew only 4.92 percent. What followed it appeared were many reactions and questions about the effectiveness of the government’s policy packages. I think, […]

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  • What Asia can learn from European economic integration by Iwan j Azis As the EU experience shows, a single currency isn’t necessarily key to unlocking the benefits of economic integration, writes Iwan Azis.   Next month the UK goes to a referendum to decide whether it stays in the European […]

    The risks of regional integration

    What Asia can learn from European economic integration by Iwan j Azis As the EU experience shows, a single currency isn’t necessarily key to unlocking the benefits of economic integration, writes Iwan Azis.   Next month the UK goes to a referendum to decide whether it stays in the European […]

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  • Local fishermen in Indonesia are catching less fish. Whatever the reason, it is a significant problem for those who live on small islands in particular, as fish make up about 90 per cent of the protein they eat. A team of Indonesian and Australian social scientists is looking at how […]

    Fishing for food security

    Local fishermen in Indonesia are catching less fish. Whatever the reason, it is a significant problem for those who live on small islands in particular, as fish make up about 90 per cent of the protein they eat. A team of Indonesian and Australian social scientists is looking at how […]

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  • By Mari Pangestu, University of Indonesia This article was first published in the East Asia Forum. Despite its economic and strategic importance, the United States has not given priority to ASEAN until recently. There was hope that this would begin to change with the US pivot to Asia in 2009. […]

    The importance of ASEAN centrality in Sunnylands

    By Mari Pangestu, University of Indonesia This article was first published in the East Asia Forum. Despite its economic and strategic importance, the United States has not given priority to ASEAN until recently. There was hope that this would begin to change with the US pivot to Asia in 2009. […]

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  • by Haryo Aswicahyono (CSIS) and Hal Hill (ANU) Indonesia became a middle-income country in 2004. Indonesia’s growth rates — while superior to those of most developing countries — remain below those of East Asia’s most dynamic economies. So why hasn’t the country grown faster still and why does growth appear […]

    Is Indonesia trapped in the middle?

    by Haryo Aswicahyono (CSIS) and Hal Hill (ANU) Indonesia became a middle-income country in 2004. Indonesia’s growth rates — while superior to those of most developing countries — remain below those of East Asia’s most dynamic economies. So why hasn’t the country grown faster still and why does growth appear […]

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  •     Indonesian president Joko Widodo’s pledge to assist struggling farmers is being held back by unresolved land questions, writes JOHN McCARTHY and KATHRYN ROBINSON  Last year Joko Widodo, widely known by his nickname Jokowi, won the Indonesian presidential elections on a wave of populist sentiment. Rather like Barack Obama […]

    Land and development in Indonesia

        Indonesian president Joko Widodo’s pledge to assist struggling farmers is being held back by unresolved land questions, writes JOHN McCARTHY and KATHRYN ROBINSON  Last year Joko Widodo, widely known by his nickname Jokowi, won the Indonesian presidential elections on a wave of populist sentiment. Rather like Barack Obama […]

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