SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

Economic development of the Asia Pacific region 2

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Term 2

This course examines the role of agricultural development and reform in the development process in both China and South East Asia. There is also a discussion of industrial development and technology transfer in Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan and the ASEAN Economies. The final part of the course looks at issues of human resource development and labour market evolution in the Asia-Pacific region. Particular attention is paid to processes of skill acquisition through the educational system and on the job training, and how these processes have varied both between countries and over time.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
1.       Demonstrate a clear understanding of the forces driving agricultural development and the structural reform processing rural areas in China and other countries in the Asia-Pacific Region
2.       Compare industrial development and technology transfer in the industrial sector in the leading economies of the region
3.       Evaluate the process of labour market reform in the countries of this region with particular reference to skill acquisition through education and on the job training
4.       Examine issues relating to poverty reduction and income inequalities across the region

Method of assessment

Assessment weighting: Exam 70%/coursework 30% (1 essay). All coursework is resubmittable.

Suggested reading

1. David, P., “Rethinking Technology Transfers: Incentives, Institutions and Knowledge Based Industrial Development”, in Feinstein, C. & Howe, C., Chinese Technology Transfer in the 1990s, Elgar, 1997.
2. Freeman, C. & Soete, L., The Economics of Industrial Innovation, 2nd edition, Cassell, 1997.
3. Andrew Mason (editor) Population Change and Economic Development in East Asia Stanford University Press, 2001
4. Dieter Ernst, Tom Ganiatsos and Lynn Mytelka (Editors),  Technological Capabilities and Export Success in Asia, London, Routledge, 1998


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