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Title: Trade, foreign firms, and economic policy in Indonesian and Thai manufacturing 
Author: James, William E.; Ramstetter, Eric D.
Date: 2005
Publisher: Honolulu: East-West Center
Abstract: This paper first examines the rapid growth and changing composition of manufactured exports in Indonesia and Thailand, highlighting the rapid growth of office and computer machinery and electric machinery, somewhat slower growth of non-electric and transportation machinery, as well as the low growth of previously large exports of textiles apparel. Second, the important contributions of foreign multinational enterprises (MNEs) to export growth in the machinery industries, particularly in electric, office, and computing machinery, are documented. Third, the paper describes trade policies in all these industries in some detail, emphasizing how low protection was a key facilitator of rapid export growth in the MNEs that dominated the electric, office, and computing machinery industry, while high protection reduced incentives to export among MNEs in the transportation machinery industry.
Series/Report No.: East-West Center working papers. Economics series ; no. 78
Description: For more about the East-West Center, see http://www.eastwestcenter.org/
Pages/Duration: 27, [5] pages
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/3720
LC Subject Headings: Manufacturing industries - Indonesia
Manufacturing industries - Thailand
Exports - Indonesia
Exports - Thailand
International business enterprises - Indonesia
International business enterprises - Thailand
Indonesia - Commercial policy
Thailand - Commercial policy

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