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Economic Development of Southeast Asia


Admission requirements


This research seminar explores the economic development of Southeast Asia, at the moment one of the world’s most interesting regions in terms of economic growth and rapid structural transformation. The survey applies a historical perspective going back to the 1960s. Key topics concern differences in macroeconomic performance across the ten ASEAN member states, the conditions underlying rapid economic growth, the role of the state in the process of economic growth and structural change, causes and effects of the Asian crisis in the late 1990s, and the current tendencies towards a further economic integration within the ASEAN. All participants read and discuss a number of selected recent articles. Individual research is based on original data, including statistics, often retrieved from websites of official institutions.

Course objectives

To gain a thorough understanding of contemporary economic issues in Southeast Asia, including the application of some economic theory in analyzing recent economic historical patterns of performance.


Wednesday 13-15 hrs. Timetable

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

Essay (6,000 words counting for 70 % of the assessment with performance in class, including presentations counting for 30 %.


Not applicable

Reading list

A reading list will be announced at the beginning of the research seminar.


Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply

Contact information

Via lecturer Lindblad


This MA research seminar is also offered as part of the MA curriculum in History.