Fundamentals of Myanmar's Macroeconomy: A Political Economy Perspective
Macquarie University - Department of Economics
Asian Economic Policy Review, Vol. 6, Issue 1, pp. 136-153, 2011
The serial underperformer of the region, Myanmar's economy is largely without the institutions and qualities necessary to achieve genuine economic growth. This paper explores the fundamentals of Myanmar's economy, from a perspective that emphasizes policy and institutional failure as the principal determinants of the country's present circumstances. The paper explores Myanmar's economy in a multifaceted way, examining concerns over economic growth, public finances, monetary and financial policies, corruption, and international trade. Notwithstanding the change in the form of Myanmar's governing institutions following the elections of November 2010, the paper concludes pessimistically as to the likelihood of meaningful economic reform in the foreseeable future.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 18
Keywords: Burma, economic growth, informal economy, international trade, monetary and fiscal policy, Myanmar, O53, O17, O11, O16Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: June 12, 2011
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