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Economies of South and Southeast Asia


Admission requirements

Students who have successfully completed State, Politics and Economy in Modern South and Southeast Asia (BA South and Southeast Asian Studies, Year 1) will be admitted automatically. If you do not meet this criterion but would still like to take the course, please send a mail both to lecturer Dr. Rizal Shidiq and to study coordinator Dr. Pui Chi Lai, explaining your interest in the economies of Southeast Asia and listing any relevant previous courses you have taken in Leiden or elsewhere. Students admitted to this course without having completed its prequel State, Politics and Economy in Modern South and Southeast Asia are advised to familiarize themselves before the start of the lectures and contact Dr. Rizal Shidiq for some preliminary readings.


This course offers a broad survey of today’s economies of South and Southeast Asia. The main focus is on the long-run economic growth and social change in the area. Why did some countries in the areas perform far better than the others? How did long run growth take places in South and Southeast Asian economies in the last 30-40 years? How were the Southeast Asia economies affected by the crisis? Has the economic growth brought significant social development in South and Southeast Asia? We will also discuss the effects of Covid-19 on South and Southeast Asian economies.
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 accumulation as well as technological change. This course also looks at changes in social development and political economy of the long run growth. Special attention is given to the role of the state and economic policy. Students are expected to work on an individual research topic resulting in class presentation and essay.

Course objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will acquire:

  • Empirical knowledge on the major features of the economic performance of South and Southeast Asian countries.

  • Analytical skills to apply simple economic concepts and theories to understand 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.


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Mode of instruction

  • Lecture and seminar

Assessment method

  • Performance in class: attendance, presentations, participation (30%)

  • Final essay of 4000 words (70%)

The final paper is written in two stages: a first draft version which will be commented during mini seminar on the last week of the semester and a final version. Students who do not meet the deadline for the first version will lose the right to get comments and will only be graded based on their final version. The final mark is made up of the weighted average of the essay and the performance in class. In order to pass the course, students must obtain an overall mark of “5.50” (=6) or higher.

The course is an integrated whole. The final examination and the assignments must be completed in the same academic year. No partial marks can be carried over into following years.

Reading list

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


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Studeren à la carte is not possible for this course.


For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar. * For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Vrieshof


Students with disabilities

The university is committed to supporting and accommodating students with disabilities as stated in the university protocol (especially pages 3-5). Students should contact Fenestra Disability Centre at least four weeks before the start of their courses to ensure that all necessary academic accommodations can be made in time conform the abovementioned protocol.

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to be familiar with Leiden University policies on plagiarism and academic integrity. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. If you submit any work with your name affixed to it, it is assumed to be your own work with all sources used properly indicated and documented in the text (with quotations and/or citations).