The Indonesian Economy: Growth, Crisis and Recovery

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    Indonesia, Southeast Asia's most populous state and its largest economy, was deeply affected by the economic crisis of 1997-1998. Its economic contraction in 1998, of over 13%, was the sharpest among all four crisis-affected East Asian economies. This followed three decades of virtually uninterrupted, rapid economic growth. The country's economic crisis was accompanied by regime collapse, resulting in the departure of then President Suharto after 32 years of authoritarian rule. This paper examines the country's socioeconomic development in the decade since the crisis, in the context of the earlier growth, and the very different institutions of economic governance operating under the new democratic regime of weakened central authority and many more economic policy actors. The main conclusions are that growth and macroeconomic stability have been restored surprisingly quickly, but that microeconomic policy and the investment climate are less predictable.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)137-166
    JournalSingapore Economic Review
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


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