SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

Economic Development of Southeast Asia

Module Code:
153401006
Status:
Module Not Running 2019/2020
Credits:
15
Year of study:
Final Year
Taught in:
Term 2
This module provides a historical overview of economic development in Southeast Asia during the 20th and early 21st centuries, and assesses the major economic challenges facing the region today. Building on an analysis of the influence of colonialism on the economic and social development across the region, the module analyses the various economic strategies and policies adopted by Southeast Asian governments, and the outcomes. It will pay particular attention to the pace and direction of industrialisation in Southeast Asia and the role of industrial policies; the historical evolution of agriculture in the development of Southeast Asia and its consequences for economic growth and the distribution of income, natural resource depletion and environmental change; the evolution of regional trade and investment linkages; financial sector development and its contributions to growth and crises; the development of education systems and labour markets and the role of human capital development in economic progress; trends in income distribution and poverty eradication and the efficacy of poverty alleviation policies; environmental change and natural resource depletion and the challenges of aligning economic development with environmental sustainability; and the opportunities and challenges associated to the development of the ASEAN Economic Community.

Prerequisites

pre-requisites:

  153400123   Macroeconomic Analysis


  153400130  Microeconomic Analysis        

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Assess the colonial legacies and of other factors determining the post-1950 growth in the South East Asian economies;
  2. Critically evaluate the literature relating to growth and economic crises across the ASEAN region;
  3. Compare and contrast the policies adopted in different countries to accelerate industrialization and agricultural development;
  4. Understand the role of human capital in economic development and the challenges facing education systems and labour markets across the region;
  5. Analyse the challenges of environmental change and natural resource depletion and assess policies aimed at aligning economic development with environmental sustainability;
  6. Understand the role of the financial sector in economic development and its contributions to growth and crises in Southeast Asia;
  7. Analyse trends in income distribution and poverty eradication and the efficacy of poverty alleviation policies;
  8. Analyse the evolution of regional trade and investment linkages and evaluate the opportunities and challenges associated to the development of the ASEAN Economic Community.

Workload

Two hour lecture and one hour seminar, each week.

Scope and syllabus

Week 1 Economic Development of Southeast Asian Countries in Comparative Perspective

Week 2 The Influence of Colonialism on the Economic and Social Development of Southeast Asian Countries

Week 3 Industrial Policy and the Role of Government

Week 4 Agricultural Development

Week 5 Regional Trade and Investment Linkages

Week 6 Financial Sector Development and its Contributions to Growth and Crises

Week 7 Education, Labour Markets and Human Resource Development

Week 8 Trends in Income Distribution and Poverty Eradication

Week 9 Environmental Change and Natural Resource Depletion

Week 10 The ASEAN Economic Community

Method of assessment

Exam (80%) and one 2,500-word Essay (20%)

Suggested reading

Core Reading:

ADB (2017): Asian Development Outlook 2017: Transcending the Middle-Income Challenge, Manila: Asian Development Bank (https://www.adb.org/sites/default/files/publication/237761/ado-2017.pdf).

Ariff, M. and H. Hill (1985): Export-Oriented Industrialisation: The ASEAN Experience, Sydney: Allen & Unwin (https://library.soas.ac.uk/Record/309889).

Booth, A. (2016): Economic Change in Modern Indonesia. Colonial and Post-colonial Comparisons, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (https://library.soas.ac.uk/Record/10012858).

Coxhead, I. (ed., 2015): The Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian Economics, Routledge (https://library.soas.ac.uk/Record/10051542).

Chia, S.Y. and M.G. Plummer (2015): “ASEAN’s International Trade and Foreign Direct Investment, Commercial Policy Reforms and Production Networks”, Chapter 3 in: ASEAN Economic Cooperation and Integration Progress. Challenges and Future Directions, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (https://library.soas.ac.uk/Record/10001576).

Gill, I. and H. Kharas (2007): An East Asian Renaissance: Ideas for Economic Growth, The World Bank, Washington, DC (http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTEASTASIAPACIFIC/Resources/226262-1158536715202/EA_Renaissance_full.pdf).

Hill, H. (ed., 2002): The Economic Development of Southeast Asia, Volumes 1-3, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar (https://library.soas.ac.uk/Record/548274).

Jomo, K.S. (2004): After the Storm: Crisis, Recovery and Sustaining Development in Four Asian Economies, Singapore: Singapore University Press (https://library.soas.ac.uk/Record/653264).

UNESCAP (2016): Transformations for Sustainable Development: Promoting Environmental Sustainability in Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok: UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (www.unescap.org/resources/transformations-sustainable-development-promoting-environmental-sustainability-asia-and).

World Bank (1993): The East Asian Miracle: Economic Growth and Public Policy, Oxford University Press, Oxford, chapter 1 (http://www-wds.worldbank.org/external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/1993/09/01/000009265_3970716142516/Rendered/PDF/multi_page.pdf).

 

Additional Reading:  

Akamatsu, K. (1962): “A Historical Pattern of Economic Growth in Developing Countries”, The Developing Economies 1, 3–25 (http://www.ide.go.jp/English/Publish/Periodicals/De/backnumber.html).

Akhand, H. and K. Gupta (2005): Economic Development in Pacific Asia, London: Routledge (https://library.soas.ac.uk/Record/657449).

Aoki, M., H.-K. Kim and M. Okuno-Fujiwara (1997): The Role of Government in East Asian Economic Development. Oxford: Clarendon Press (https://library.soas.ac.uk/Record/106598).

Bercuson, K. (1995): “Singapore: A Case Study in Rapid Development”, IMF Occasional Paper No. 119, Washington, DC: International Monetary Fund (https://library.soas.ac.uk/Record/319575).

Booth, A. (1999): “Initial Conditions and Miraculous Growth: Why is South East Asia Different from Taiwan and South Korea?”, World Development 27 (2), 301–321.

Campos, J.E. and H.L. Root (1996): The Key to the Asian Miracle, Washington, DC: Brookings Institute (https://library.soas.ac.uk/Record/135098).

Chang, H.-J. (2006): The East Asian Development Experience: The Miracle, the Crisis and the Future, London: Zed Books (https://library.soas.ac.uk/Record/695835).

Collins, S.M. and Bosworth, B.P. (1996): “Economic Growth in East Asia: Accumulation versus Assimilation”, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity 2, 135–203 (https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/1997/06/1996b_bpea_collins_bosworth_rodrik.pdf).

Felipe, J. (2009): “Sectoral Engines of Growth in Developing Asia”, Malaysian Journal of Economic Studies 46 (2), 107–133.

Fogel, R. (2009): “The Impact of the Asian Miracle on the Theory of Economic Growth”, NBER Working Paper No.14967, Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economic Research (http://www.nber.org/papers/w14967).

Haggard, S. (1990): Pathways from the Periphery, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press (https://library.soas.ac.uk/Record/132024).

Hayter, R. and D.W. Edgington (2004): “Flying Geese in Asia: The Impact of Japanese MNCs as a Source of Industrial Learning”, Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie 95 (1), 3–26 (http://www.u.arizona.edu/~coonan/POL464/HayterandEdington2004.pdf).

Hill, H. (1990): “Foreign Investment and East Asian Economic Development: A Survey”, Asian-Pacific Economic Literature 4 (2), 21–58. (Reprinted in Hal Hill (ed., 2002): The Economic Development of Southeast Asia, Volume 3, Section C, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, https://library.soas.ac.uk/Record/548274.)

Huff, W.G. (1994): The Economic Growth of Singapore: Trade and Development in the Twentieth Century, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (https://library.soas.ac.uk/Record/120170).

Ito, T. and A.O. Krueger (eds., 2000): The Role of Foreign Direct Investment in East Asian Economic Development (NBER-EASE Volume 9), Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press (http://papers.nber.org/books/ito_00-2).

Kuchiki, A. (2007): “Industrial Policy in Asia”, IDE-JETRO Discussion Paper No.128, Tokyo: Institute of Developing Economies (http://www.ide.go.jp/English/Publish/Download/Dp/pdf/128.pdf).

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