Indonesia

When Regional Policies Fail: An Evaluation of Indonesia’s Integrated Economic Development Zones

We study the impact of Indonesia’s KAPET programme, which provided incentives to firms to locate in specific districts.

Research Note
1 Mar 2017

Firm Clusters and Productivity in Indonesia

Examining how agglomeration, or clustering, among Indonesian manufacturing firms has changed over the past 30 years, we found that its most robust drivers have been natural resources and supply chain linkages, especially with respect to explaining long-term changes in spatial concentration.

Research Note
1 Mar 2017

Assessing the Spatial Concentration of Indonesia’s Manufacturing Sector: Evidence from Three Decades

Beyond the role of economic forces, many theories of economic geography emphasize the way politics can shape the spacial configuration of economic activity.

Working Paper
16 Jan 2017

When Regional Policies Fail: An Evaluation of Indonesia’s Integrated Economic Development Zones

Throughout the developing world, many countries have created special economic zones to attract investment and spur industrial growth.

Working Paper
16 Jan 2017

Identifying Productivity Spillovers Using the Structure of Production Networks

Despite the importance of agglomeration externalities in theoretical work, evidence for their nature, scale, and scope remains elusive, particularly in developing countries.

Working Paper
16 Jan 2017

Rethinking Indonesia's Informal Sector

This paper published in the World Development reviews competing theories about the causes of informality in developing countries and uses new data to determine which theory best explains the persistence and scale of Indonesia’s informal sector.

Journal Article
11 Oct 2016

The Impact of Cartels in Low-Income Countries (ICLIC)

An estimation of the aggregate economic harm caused by cartels in developing countries provides evidence that it can be substantial irrespective of the scale of the economy in question.

Research Note
20 Feb 2015

Currency Devaluations and Industrial Development

As developing countries continually attempt to increase the competitiveness of their exports through currency devaluations, this project examines an increasingly important set of questions regarding the impact of currency devaluations on the manufacturing sector of four different countries. 

Research Project
20 Nov 2014

Agglomeration Externalities, Spatial Policies and Welfare

This project draws on rich Indonesian data to study the externalities and impacts of agglomeration in order for relevant insight into spatially targeted policies for manufacturing firms in Low-Income Countries (LICs). 

Research Project
30 Jul 2014

Buying a Job, Social Institutions, and Market Access for Growth-Oriented MSMEs

As many developing countries see dozens of nearly identical micro-entrepreneurs and products concentrated in the same areas, this project tests for the existence of social institutions that pressure business owners to share total demand and evidence of collusive price-setting behaviour, using a simulated market competition with actual micro-entrepreneurs.

Research Project
22 Jun 2014