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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 contemporary South and Southeast Asian economies. The main focus is on long-run economic growth and the accompanying social changes. Why did some countries perform far better than 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 South and Southeast Asia affected by financial crisis? What was the political economy of growth in these countries? And, what was the social development that went along with the growth?
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. Special attention is given to the role of the state and economic policy.
The lectures are accompanied by tutorials to discuss auxiliary topics.

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

One two hour lecture per week; tri-weekly tutorials.

Attending all tutorial sessions is compulsory. If you are unable to attend a session, please inform the tutor of the course in advance, providing a valid reason for your absence. Being absent without notification and valid reason or not being present at half or more of the tutorial sessions will mean your assignments will not be assessed, and result in a 1.0 for the tutorial (30% of the final grade).

Course Load

Total course load for this course is 5 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), this equals 140 hours, broken down by:

  • Attending lectures: 2 hours per week x 12 weeks: 24 hrs

  • Attending attending tutorials 2 hours per three weeks: 8 hrs

  • Assessment hours (midterms and final exam): 4 hrs

  • Time for studying the compulsory literature: 64 hrs

  • Time for completing assignments, preparation classes and exams: 40 hrs

Assessment method


Midterm Exam:
Written Examination with short essays questions Final exam:
Written Examination with short essays questions


  • Tutorials: 30%

  • Midterm exam: 30%

  • Final Exam: 40%

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

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.


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


For tutorials
Dr. A.R. Shidiq