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Economics South & South-East Asia


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.

Limited places are also open for exchange students. Please note: this course takes place in The Hague.


This course offers a broad survey of today’s economies of South and Southeast Asia. The main focus is on long-run economic growth and social change. Why did some countries, in particular in Southeast Asia, perform far better than India and its neighbors? How did long-term growth take places in South and Southeast Asian economies in the last 30-40 years? How were the nations of Southeast Asia affected by financial crisis in the late 1990s?
In comparing economies in these two regions, this course is structured around the development of determinants of long run economic growth: physical and human capital accummulation as well as technological change. This course also looks at changes in economic sectoral composition and country’s structural transformation to more productive economic activities. Special attention is given to the role of the state and economic policy.
The first half of the course is devoted to the topics of long-run growth determinants. The second half of the course will focus on the structural transformation and preparation of individual research topics resulting in essays. The lectures are accompanied by tutorials where auxiliary themes will be discussed.

Course objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will acquire:

  • Empirical knowledge on economic performance of South and Southeast Asian economies.

  • Analytical skills to apply simple economic concepts and theories in understanding what makes South and Southeast Asian economies differ in their economic performances and long run growth.

  • Practical training for data analysis and oral and written presentation.


The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.

Mode of instruction (in principe staat dit gewoon vast, tenzij anders aangegeven)

Lecture and tutorials

Attending lectures and tutorials is compulsory. If you are not able to attend a lecture or tutorial, please inform the tutor of the course. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the final exam or essay.

Course Load

Total course load for the course 5 EC x 28 hours is 140 hours, broken down by:

  • Lectures and tutorials: 32 hours

  • Preparation for lectures and tutorials: 64 hours

  • Essay and assignments: 44 hours

Assessment method

  • Tutorials 30%

  • Midterm Exam 30%

  • Final Exam 40%

If the final grade is insufficient (lower than a 6), there is the possibility of retaking the full 70% of the exam material, replacing both the earlier mid- and endterm grades. No resit for the tutorials is possible.

To complete the final mark, please take notice of the following:
the final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.


Blackboard will be used. For tutorial groups: please enroll in blackboard after your enrolment in uSis
Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

Selected recent articles on the economies of South and Southeast Asia. The complete list of articles will be announced in the first class.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Dr. A.R. Shidiq, email