Agriculture, resources and the environment

The Indonesian economy remains dependent on agriculture, resources and the environment, which provide a livelihood for many Indonesians. Appropriate policies in these areas could effectively benefit millions of Indonesians, lift the poor out of poverty and generate overall economic growth. On the other hand, bad policy decisions in these areas could trap millions of Indonesians in poverty, diminish the opportunity for growth, and cause lasting damage to natural systems. Developing appropriate policies is not always straightforward. Complex issues often arise, such as the conflicting interests of agricultural (including estate crop) expansion and resource extraction, local communities, and environmental objectives; the illegal extraction of resources and the use of toxic chemicals in agricultural cultivation and mining; productivity and technological change, and the valuation and taxation of resources; and issues regarding trade and protectionism, foreign investment, and financing for action on climate change

Research at the Indonesia Project on this theme looks at economic, political and social dimensions of Indonesia’s agricultural expansion, resource extraction, and environmental impacts and policies.

Current research projects

  • Development and the environment
  • Energy, air pollution and climate change
  • Technological progress and agricultural development
  • Small islands economy
  • Economics of natural disasters

Selected publications

  • Yamazaki, S, BP Resosudarmo, W Girsang & E Hoshino. 2018. Productivity, social capital and perceived environmental threats in small-island fisheries: Insights from Indonesia. Ecological Economics 152: 62-75.
  • Resosudarmo, BP & E Kosadi. 2018. Illegal fishing war: An environmental policy during the Jokowi era? Journal of Southeast Asian Economies 35(3): 369-85.
  • Patunru, AA & TF Rakhmah. 2017. INDC and low-carbon technology deployment scenarios: Indonesia. In V Anbumozhi & K Kalirajan (eds), Globalization of Low-carbon Technologies: The Impact of Paris Agreement. Singapore: Springer, pp. 83-113.
  • Yusuf AA, AA Patunru & BP Resosudarmo. 2017. Reducing petroleum subsidy in Indonesia: An interregional general equilibrium analysis. In AA Batabyal and P Nijkamp (eds), Regional Growth and Sustainable Development in Asia. Switzerland: Springer, pp. 91-112.
  • Amalia, M, BP Resosudarmo, J Bennett & A Patunru. 2017. Valuing the benefits of cleaner air in Jakarta metropolitan area. In H Shibusawa, K Sakurai, T Mizunoya & S Uchida (eds), Socioeconomic Environmental Policies and Evaluations in Regional Science. Singapore: Springer, pp. 279-97.