BIES Economic Dialogue and Forum 2017 in Bandung, Palembang, Mataram, Denpasar and Bogor


BIES Economic Dialogue at Universitas Padjadjaran


The Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies (BIES) has been published by ANU Indonesia Project since 1965. It is currently in the top 20 area studies journal in the world and in the top 15 Asian studies journals. In 2013, the ANU Indonesia Project initiated the BIES Economic Dialogue in collaboration with the Center for Economics and Development Studies, Universitas Padjadjaran (CEDS UNPAD), aimed at discussing a recently published paper in the BIES. Today in its fifth year, the BIES Economic Dialogue was held in Bandung on 11 December 2017. The paper discussed was titled  Non-tariff trade regulations in Indonesia: nominal and effective rates of protection  by Professor Stephen Marks from Pomona College, USA, to be published in the December 2017 issue of BIES. The abstract of the paper is as follows:

Non-tariff regulations on imports and exports have spread in Indonesia since 2011. I report findings of a study of many of these regulations, in which a variety of methods were used to estimate the associated nominal rates of protection. These findings were then used to estimate effective rates of protection (ERPs) across 140 tradable-goods sectors in the Indonesian economy in early 2015, taking into account the effects of the most-favoured-nation and preferential-import tariff schedules, anti-dumping and safeguard duties, export levies, duty drawbacks and exemptions, domestic subsidies, and excise taxes. I found that the magnitude and dispersion of ERPs were higher in 2015 than in early 2008, for which a similar study was previously conducted, and that much of the variability was related to quantitative trade restrictions. In particular, the regulations examined boosted a measure of the cost of living by 7.6% in 2015, compared with 2.5% in 2008.

The BIES Economic Dialogue in Bandung was opened by Dr Nury Effendi, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business UNPAD. More than 60 people attended the event, including many who came specifically from Jakarta from the Ministry of Trade, BAPPENAS and others. Professor Peter Warr (ANU), Dr. Titik Anas (CEDS UNPAD) and Ira Rahmayanti (Provincial Government of West Jawa) were discussants. The discussion went for more than 1.5 hours as participants questioned the merits of non-tariff barriers, with a significant portion of the discussion directed at its poverty and inequality impacts. The event was streamed via video live, which can be viewed through this link.

In addition, discussion of the paper was also held at four other universities in Indonesia: Universitas Sriwijaya in Palembang (12 December), Universitas Mataram (14 December), Universitas Udayana, Denpasar (15 December) and Institut Pertanian Bogor (18 December). The complete list of discussants at these universities is given below.

At Universitas Sriwijaya, the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Economics Professor Mohamad Adam opened the event and more than 50 people attended, mostly from the university but also from other universities, the local branch of Statistics Indonesia office and the provincial government. At Universitas Mataram, the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business Dr H Busaini opened the event and it was attended by approximately 70 people. At Universitas Udayana, the Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business Dr I Nyoman Mahaendra Yasa opened the event and about 100 people attended the discussions. At Institut Pertanian Bogor, more than 80 graduate students and some faculty members attended the discussions.

Professor Mark’s presentations in these discussions is available in Bahasa Indonesia and is available for download.

Universitas Mataram

BIES Economic Forum with Professor Stephen Marks at Universitas Mataram

Universitas Mataram

BIES Economic Forum at Universitas Mataram

Universitas Udayana

BIES Economic Forum at Universitas Udayana


Date 2017





11 Dec 9.30-12am Center for Economic and Development Studies (CEDS) Universitas Padjadjaran Executive Lounge, Universitas Padjadjaran, Jl. Dipati Ukur, Bandung 1. Professor Peter Warr (The Australian National University)2. Dr Titik Anas (Universitas Padjadjaran)3. Ira Rahmayanti (Provincial Government of West Java)
12 Dec 9.00-11.45am Faculty of Economics, Universitas Sriwijaya Gedung Fakultas Ekonomi Lantai 1, Universitas Sriwijaya, Jalan Srijayanegara, Bukit Besar, Palembang 1. Zulkarnain Ishak, MA (Universitas Sriwijaya)2. Irfan Farulian, MA (Bank Indonesia)
14 Dec 8.45-11.30am Faculty of Economics, Universitas Mataram Faculty of Economics, Universitas Mataram, Mataram 1. Professor Mansur Afifi2. Dr Hermanto
15 Dec 9.45-12.00am Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Udayana Ruang MM. Lt.3, Gedung Magister Manajemen (MM), Kampus FEB Universitas Udayana Sudirman, Denpasar 1. Dr Ni Putu Wiwin Setyari (Universitas Udayana)2. Dr Putu Ayu Pramitha Purwanti (Universitas Udayana)
18 Dec 9.30-12.00am International Trade Analysis and Policy Studies (ITAPS) and Graduate School, Faculty of Economics and Management, Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB) Faculty Economics and Management Seminar Room, level 2, FEM New Building, IPB Darmaga Campus, Bogor 1. Professor M Firdaus (IPB)2. Professor Rina Oktaviani (IPB)