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Development in Southeast Asia's lagging regions


  • Budy P Resosudarmo
  • Acram Latiph
  • Saran Sarntisart
  • Isra Sarntisart


This paper focuses on the three lagging Southeast Asia's regions, namely the three Southern border provinces of Thailand, Mindanao in the Philippines and Papua in Indonesia. It aims to analyze and identify successful national and regional policies in these lagging regions. In particular, it will assess and compare the effectiveness of implementing higher fiscal transfers, local empowerment policies as well as regional autonomy strategies in these regions. The general conclusion of this paper is that providing a large amount of development funding and granting autonomous authority for these lagging regions is most likely required to enable these regions keep up with the development of other areas in their countries. Appropriate affirmative action policies are then needed to help solve the more detailed problems, such as urban-rural development and the gaps between the local and immigrant communities.

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  • Budy P Resosudarmo & Acram Latiph & Saran Sarntisart & Isra Sarntisart, 2016. "Development in Southeast Asia's lagging regions," Departmental Working Papers 2016-08, The Australian National University, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:pas:papers:2016-08

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    1. Hal Hill, 2013. "The Political Economy of Policy Reform: Insights from Southeast Asia," Asian Development Review, MIT Press, vol. 30(1), pages 108-130, March.
    2. Pravin Krishna & Devashish Mitra & Asha Sundaram, 2010. "Trade, Poverty and the Lagging Regions of South Asia," NBER Working Papers 16322, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    3. World Bank, 2014. "World Development Indicators 2014," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 18237, December.
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    development economics; lagging regions; regional autonomy; and fiscal policy;

    JEL classification:

    • O21 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Planning Models; Planning Policy
    • O23 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Fiscal and Monetary Policy in Development
    • O38 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Government Policy
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy

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