The Sadli Lecture Series in Economic Policy

The Institute of Economic and Social Research (LPEM) of the University of Indonesia holds an annual lecture series entitled “The Sadli Lecture Series in Economic Policy” in cooperation with the Indonesia Project.

The aim of the lecture series is to broaden understanding and stimulate debate among students, academics and policy makers of the key economic policy challenges faced by Indonesia, drawing on the experience of neighbouring countries.

It is named in honour of the late Professor Mohammad Sadli who was probably Indonesia’s most influential commentator on economic affairs over the past 40 years.

Each year it is based on a commissioned paper on Indonesia in comparative economic perspective, published each year in the August number of the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies.

Following the success of ten consecutive Sadli Lectures from 2007 until 2016, the Institute for Economic and Social Research of the Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia (LPEM-FEUI) and ANU Indonesia Project, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics, at ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, have again the pleasure in inviting you to:

The 11th Sadli Lecture

A tale of two countries: India and Indonesia, a lesson learned from the 2013 taper tantrum
By Muhamad Chatib Basri, University of Indonesia, Indonesian former Minister of Finance.

The years from 2008 to 2014 are an important and extremely interesting period in terms of macroeconomic policy both in advanced and emerging market countries (EMs). In the US, from 2008 to 2013 a series of economic policies were issued in an effort to overcome the Global Financial Crisis of 2008-2009. In May 2013 the Fed began to talk about the possibility of ending their Quantitative Easing (QE) or tapering its asset purchases or bond-buying program. This tapering talk significantly impacted several EMs, including Indonesia and India, the exchange rates weakened dramatically, and the stock and bonds markets were hit hard. This is now known as the Taper Tantrum (TT). Facing pressures in the financial markets, these countries each undertook a series of macroeconomic policy efforts. Interestingly, Indonesia and India were able to handle the problem in the shortest time (about seven months) and succeeded in macro-economic stabilization. This paper try to address questions of how were Indonesia and India relatively unscathed by the TT and capable of escaping the Fragile Five? What policies were adopted at the time, and why were those chosen? Further, and of equal importance, is why did India perform better than Indonesia after the TT?

When: Tuesday 9 May 2017
Time: 8.30am–3.30pm
Venue: Sumba Room, Hotel Borobudur, Jl Lapangan Banteng Selatan, Jakarta 10710.

Professor Ari Kuncoro from FEB UI and Associate Professor Budy Resosudarmo from ANU Indonesia Project will give the welcoming remarks. Dr Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Indonesian Finance Minister, will deliver the Keynote Speech.

The panel discussion will be led by Professor Mari Pangestu from the University of Indonesia and Dr Reza Siregar from the IMF-Institute, chaired by Dr Kiki Verico from FEB UI. The event will end with lunch.

The Tenth Sadli Lecture was delivered by Mari Pangestu, Professor of International Trade at the University of Indonesia, and by Christopher Findlay, Professor and Executive Dean at the University of Adelaide. The Lecture was held concurrently with the International Services Summit. The topic for this year’s Lecture is titled Services sectors as driver of change: Indonesia experience in the ASEAN context. It discussed the concerning situation faced by Indonesia, given the increased attention worldwide on the services sector as a likely source of growth, the contribution of the services sector to the competitiveness of other sector and the opportunities available for capturing the gains from innovation and change in services.

The Tenth Sadli Lecture was opened by the Dean of the Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia, Professor Ari Kuncoro, and the Head of ANU Indonesia Project, Associate Professor Budy Resosudarmo, with keynote remarks from H E Thomas Lembong, Indonesian Minister for Trade. The discussant for the lecture was Mr Adam Schwarz from CEO Asia Group and ISD. HE Darmin Nasution, Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Economics Affair and HE Ignasius Jonan, Indonesian Minister for Transportation, presented the luncheon remarks. HE Rudiantara, Indonesian Minister for Communication and Information Technology, gave the closing remarks.

The Ninth Sadli Lecture was delivered by Ross Garnaut AO, Professorial Research Fellow in Economics at The University of Melbourne. He presented ‘Indonesia’s research boom in international perspective: dilemmas and options for sustained, equitable growth’. The analysis was set in the context of the economic impact in a number of resource-rich countries that quickly increased exports of energy and metals during boom. The discussants in the Lecture were Dr Mohaman Ikhsan from the University of Indonesia and Mr Sandiago Uno from Saratoga Capital.

The Eight Sadli Lecture was delivered by Peter McDonald, Professor of Demography, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU. He presented ‘The demography of Indonesia in comparative perspective’, which discussed the implications of Indonesia’s population growth and distribution for its economy, as well as the poor quality of demographic data while also looking at the comparative perspectives with other countries such as Singapore, Japan and Thailand.

Professor Dorodjatun Kuntjoro-Jakti, former Dean of Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia, and former Indonesian Ambassador to United States of America, opens the Lecture, followed by a Keynote Remark from HE Dr M Chatib Basri, Indonesian Finance Minister. Discussants in this Lecture are Professor Sri Moertiningsih Adioetomo from the Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia, and Associate Professor Budy P Resosudarmo from Indonesia Project at the Australian National University.

The Seventh Sadli Lecture was delivered by Dr Vikram Nehru. Dr Nehru is Bakrie Chair in Southeast Asian Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington DC. He presented ‘Manufacturing in India and Indonesia: Performance and Policies‘, which explained the resilience of Asia’s two giants, India and Indonesia during the crisis. Dr Nehru’s paper was discussed by Professor Ari Kuncoro from Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia, and Dr Dionisius Ardiyanto from Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA). The Seventh Sadli Lecture was held on 25 April 2013 at Borobudur Hotel in Jakarta.

The Sixth Sadli Lecture was given by Michael T Rock, Professor of Economic History from Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and Resources for the Future, Washington DC. It was opened with Welcoming Remarks from H. E. Dr Mari Elka Pangestu, Indonesia’s Minister for Tourism and the Creative Economy, followed by Keynote Speech from Professor Emil Salim (Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia). Dr Thee Kian Wie from Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and Associate Professor Budy Resosudarmo from the Australian National University were the discussants for this Lecture.

The fifth Sadli Lecture was held on Thursday, 14 April 2011. It was given by Professor Fredrik Sjöholm from Research Institute of Industrial Economics, Stockholm, entitled Foreign Direct Investment and Growth in East and Southeast Asia: Lessons for Indonesia. The discussants were Professor Prema-chandra Athukorala from the Australian National University and Dr Thee Kian Wie from Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI). This will be followed by a panel discussion on the late Professor Mohammad Sadli.

The fourth Sadli Lecture was held on Thursday, 15 April 2010, with the Lecture given by Professor Wing Thye Woo from University of California at Davis, entitled Indonesia’s Economic Performance in Comparative Perspective, and a New Policy Framework for 2049. Dr Chatib Basri from the University of Indonesia and Associate Professor Chris Manning from the Australian National University were the discussants for the event.

The third Sadli Lecture was given by Professor Ian Coxhead from University of Wisconsin at Madison, entitled Prospect for Skill-Based Export Growth in a Labour-Abundant, Resource-Rich Developing Economy. The discussants were Dr Hadi Soesastro (Centre for Strategic and International Studies) and Professor Hal Hill (The Australian National University). The event was opened by H.E. Mari Pangestu and approximately one hundred participants attended the event.

second Sadli Lecture, in honour of the late Mohammad Sadli, “Asian Development Strategies: China and Indonesia Compared” was held on Tuesday April 22, 2008, from 10.00 am to 13.00 pm, at the Nikko Hotel in Jakarta. It was given by Professor Bert Hofman from The World Bank Resident Mission to the Philippines. The event was opened by H.E. Mari Pangestu. The discussant was Dr Thee Kian Wie (Indonesian Institute of Sciences, LIPI).

The first Sadli Lecture, entitled “Is Indonesia Falling Behind? Post-crisis Export Performance in Regional Perspective”, was given by Professor Prema-chandra Athukorala from the Australian National University.