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Market, Government and Malaysia's New Economic Policy

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  • Rasiah, Rajah
  • Shari, Ishak

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Leading economic institutions such as the World Bank have argued that liberalisation holds the key to growth, poverty alleviation and redistribution. Even recent efforts to model increasing returns within the framework of new growth theories have not resulted in prescriptions for stronger roles for governments. The fast-growing Southeast Asian economies are still being used to demonstrate causation between liberalisation, and growth, poverty alleviation and redistribution. Using Malaysia as an example, this paper argues that growth, poverty alleviation and redistribution in the country was achieved under circumstances of both interventionist policies as well as market coordination. Throughout the New Economic Policy (NEP) period (1970-90), strong incentives were offered to both the import-substitution and export-oriented manufacturing sectors, and the state made strong forays into the market to redress poverty and inequality. The paper also argues that poorly coordinated government intervention generated substantial unproductive rent seeking. Copyright 2001 by Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal Cambridge Journal of Economics.

Volume (Year): 25 (2001)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 57-78

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Handle: RePEc:oup:cambje:v:25:y:2001:i:1:p:57-78

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  1. Renuka Mahadevan, 2007. "The poverty transition: when, how and what next?," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 19(8), pages 1099-1113.
  2. Rajah Rasiah & Jebamalai Vinanchiarachi & Padmanand Vadakkepat, 2014. "Catching-Up from Way Behind: How Timor-Leste Can Avoid the Dutch Disease?," Institutions and Economies (formerly known as International Journal of Institutions and Economies), Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya, vol. 6(1), pages 119-148, April.
  3. Tan, Jeff, 2012. "The Pitfalls of Water Privatization: Failure and Reform in Malaysia," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 40(12), pages 2552-2563.
  4. Rajah Rasiah & Nik Rosnah Wan Abdullah & Makmor Tumin, 2011. "Markets and Healthcare Services in Malaysia: Critical Issues," Institutions and Economies (formerly known as International Journal of Institutions and Economies), Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya, vol. 3(3), pages 467-486, October.
  5. Syn, Tan Wooi, 2002. "Privatisation and Capital Accumulation in Malaysia," Centre on Regulation and Competition (CRC) Working papers 30678, University of Manchester, Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM).
  6. Effiezal Aswadi Abdul Wahab & Mazlina Mat Zain & Kieran James & Hasnah Haron, 2009. "Institutional investors, political connection and audit quality in Malaysia," Accounting Research Journal, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 22(2), pages 167-195, September.
  7. Graham Brown, 2005. "Horizontal Inequalities, Ethnic Separatism, and Violent Conflict: The Case of Aceh, Indonesia," Human Development Occasional Papers (1992-2007) HDOCPA-2005-28, Human Development Report Office (HDRO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
  8. Bethuel Kinyanjui Kinuthia, 2009. "Industrialization in Malaysia: Changing role of Government and Foreign Firms," DEGIT Conference Papers c014_049, DEGIT, Dynamics, Economic Growth, and International Trade.
  9. Gachino, Geoffrey, 2006. "Foreign Direct Investment, Firm-Level Capabilities and Human Capital Development: Evidence from Kenyan Manufacturing Industry," MERIT Working Papers 014, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
  10. Leo van Grunsven, 2006. "New Industries in Southeast Asia’s Late Industrialization: Evolution versus Creation - The Automation Industry in Penang (Malaysia) considered," Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) 0611, Utrecht University, Section of Economic Geography, revised Dec 2006.

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