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Economy of Southeast Asia


Admission requirements



This course offers a broad survey of today’s economies of Southeast Asia. The focus is on Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines. Economic growth during the past four decades is discussed in some detail. Why did some countries grow faster than others? What were the causes and consequences of the Asian crisis in the late 1990s? To what extent has economic growth resulted in social change? Regional economies are surveyed by examining economic sectors. Special attention is given to the role of the state and economic policy. Participants give presentations in class and write a final essay on one country of their choice.

Course objectives

  • To generate a broad understanding of today’s economies in Southeast Asia.

  • To develop oral and written presentation.

  • To develop analytical skills, including some application of concepts from economic theory.



Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

Course load

Consists of the following:

  • 30 hrs class

  • 30 hrs readings for class

  • 40 hrs individual literature study

  • 40 hrs compilation of essay

Assessment method

  • 1/3 performance in class (attendance, presentations, participation)

  • 2/3 final essay (3000 words; new version required if insufficient with deadline determined in consultation)


Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

Selected chapters from:

  • Teofilo Daquila, The Transformation of Southeast Asian Economies (New York: Nova Science, 2005, new edition 2013).

  • Supplementary articles to be announced.


Students are requested to register through uSis, the registration system of Leiden University for this course. General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch.

Registration Contractonderwijs