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FY 2010/2011 Research Topic: 4-24
Economic Policies and Economic Structures of Transition Economies in Southeast Asia: a Comparative Study of Myanmar and Vietnam


This study aims to evaluate the economic policies of Myanmar and Vietnam by contrasting the experiences of two countries, drawing implications for a better understanding of their economic structures.
In general, the position of the government in the national economy differs among developing countries. Government intervention in markets exerts influence on economic structures as well as economic growth. From the viewpoint of efficiency, economic policies implemented in ex post high-performance economies are not necessarily appropriate, and vice versa: economic conditions at the time of policy implementation affect both policy formulation and effects of policies. Thus, it might be an alternative criterion of evaluation whether implemented policies were appropriate ex ante for given economic circumstances.

Myanmar and Vietnam have common characteristics as transition economies, whereas their subsequent performances make a stark contrast. This study attempts to evaluate their economic policies by shedding light on economic circumstances at the time of policy implementation. In particular, the study will clarify why certain policies were formulated, how they functioned, and what influences they exerted on the economic structure.


April 2010—February 2012

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] KUBO Koji
[ Co-researchers ] FUJITA Mai
KUDO Toshihiro
TSUKADA Kazunari
WATANABE Shin’ichi (Professor, International University of Japan)
GOTO Kenta (Ass. Professor, Kansai University)