Archive for May, 2008

  •  Here is an academic letter that I sent to the Australian last night which is certainly too academic for them to publish: Greg Sheridan is certainly right in asserting that Indonesia’s treasure is in safe hands (Australian Thursday May 29 2008). Sri Mulyani, the Finance Minister, is a remarkable figure, both for […]

    Indonesia’s Labour Regulations are Hurting Despite a Dynamic Finance Minister

     Here is an academic letter that I sent to the Australian last night which is certainly too academic for them to publish: Greg Sheridan is certainly right in asserting that Indonesia’s treasure is in safe hands (Australian Thursday May 29 2008). Sri Mulyani, the Finance Minister, is a remarkable figure, both for […]

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  • Fuel prices, especially petrol prices, were increased by around 30% in Indonesia effective Saturday 24 May.  Predictably, a select band of students decided to protest. It is hard to understand why students are protesting the increases.  Rather, they should be demonstrating in support of them.  Fuel prices in Indonesia are still […]

    Trouble over fuel prices again

    Fuel prices, especially petrol prices, were increased by around 30% in Indonesia effective Saturday 24 May.  Predictably, a select band of students decided to protest. It is hard to understand why students are protesting the increases.  Rather, they should be demonstrating in support of them.  Fuel prices in Indonesia are still […]

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  • I was delighted to read in the Jakarta Post of 19th May 2008 an op-ed piece by Agus Firmansyah, suggesting that perhaps it was time to redenominate the rupiah. According to Agus, the rupiah is one of the lowest valued currencies in the whole world. The lowest denomination note now […]

    Time to Renew the Rupiah?

    I was delighted to read in the Jakarta Post of 19th May 2008 an op-ed piece by Agus Firmansyah, suggesting that perhaps it was time to redenominate the rupiah. According to Agus, the rupiah is one of the lowest valued currencies in the whole world. The lowest denomination note now […]

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  • The Indonesia Project launched a Special Issue of the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, focusing on Rice Policy in Indonesia, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta, on Thursday 24 April, 2008. The Guest Editors for this Special Issue were Dr Neil McCulloch and Professor Peter Timmer. […]

    Launch of the Special Issue of BIES on Rice Policy

    The Indonesia Project launched a Special Issue of the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, focusing on Rice Policy in Indonesia, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta, on Thursday 24 April, 2008. The Guest Editors for this Special Issue were Dr Neil McCulloch and Professor Peter Timmer. […]

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  • Several months ago I was looking forward to attending a conference at ANU in which a number of honours and postgraduate students from universities around Australia would be presenting papers in their areas of research. One of the popular topics was microcredit in developing countries. Having written my own PhD […]

    The Enduring Allure of Cheap Credit

    Several months ago I was looking forward to attending a conference at ANU in which a number of honours and postgraduate students from universities around Australia would be presenting papers in their areas of research. One of the popular topics was microcredit in developing countries. Having written my own PhD […]

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  • In April I had the opportunity to visit the aircraft manufacturing facility of PT Dirgantara Indonesia (‘Indonesia Aerospace’, formerly IPTN), in Bandung. The enterprise is a shadow of its former self, although not without optimism for the future. In 1997 when the crisis hit Indonesia, the company was well on […]

    Indonesia’s Aerospace Industry: Victim of Economic Vandalism?

    In April I had the opportunity to visit the aircraft manufacturing facility of PT Dirgantara Indonesia (‘Indonesia Aerospace’, formerly IPTN), in Bandung. The enterprise is a shadow of its former self, although not without optimism for the future. In 1997 when the crisis hit Indonesia, the company was well on […]

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