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Growth, Employment and Migration in Southeast Asia

Structural Change in the Greater Mekong Countries Prema-chandra Athukorala, Professor of Economics, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, Australia, Chris Manning, Fellow and Head of the Indonesia Project, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Asia Pacific School of Economics and Management, Australian National University, Australia and Piyasiri Wickramasekara, former Senior Specialist in Labour Market Policies, East Asia Multidisciplinary Advisory Team (ILO/EASMAT), International Labour Organisation, Bangkok, Thailand
This comparative analysis of growth, structural change and labour market dynamics in the Greater Mekong countries (Yunnan Province in China, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar) of Southeast Asia is the first of its kind. It explores economic integration and cooperation, the possibilities for improving the functioning of labour markets and facilitating mutually beneficial labour flows in the region.
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Publication Date: 2000
ISBN: 978 1 84064 271 1
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This comparative analysis of growth, structural change and labour market dynamics in the Greater Mekong countries (Yunnan Province in China, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar) of Southeast Asia is the first of its kind. It explores economic integration and cooperation, the possibilities for improving the functioning of labour markets and facilitating mutually beneficial labour flows in the region.

The book begins with a comparative overview of policy reforms, economic performance and structural changes, focusing on economic relations in the Greater Mekong countries. It then examines the salient features of labour market structures and policies, patterns of cross-border migration, and information systems, paying attention to the similarities and differences between countries. It is especially timely in the context of economic transition from socialist systems in the three Indochina countries, the ongoing policy reforms in Yunnan Province and Myanmar, and in light of the Asian financial crisis in shaping growth trends. The analysis yields policy recommendations for improvement in labour market performance.

The book will be of great interest to development and labour economists and those working in the field of Asian studies, as well as to policymakers.
‘This is a good short introduction to an important topic.’
– Adam Fforde, Asian Journal of Social Science

‘This book by Athukorala, Manning and Wickramasekara is a welcome addition to the literature. . . The book unquestionably provides a useful summary of recent macro-level change and trends in and among the countries considered.’
– Ronald Skeldon, Asia and Pacific Migration Journal

‘There is much to recommend this book. It is well written and free of economic jargon, and will therefore be easily accessible to scholars in many disciplines. It provides an excellent overview of economic and labor issues in a region that has been rather neglected by academics. . . . a well-written volume that represents an important addition to the literature on Southeast Asia and transitional economies. It should be an essential reference to students and scholars interested in Southeast Asian economic development.’
– Kavita Pandit, Papers in Regional Science

‘. . . being useful seems to be the main purpose of this fine book, as there are no new interpretative theories or counterintuitive propositions, but the authors assemble and organize their data in such a way as to lead to operational conclusions and policy recommendations. . . . This is a useful and informative book for anyone interested in the economies of the greater Mekong region.’
– Thomas R. DeGregori, The Journal of Asian Studies
Contents: Preface 1. Structural Change, Labour Markets and Migration: The Greater Mekong Context 2. Economic Policy Settings and Structural Change 3. Labour Market Adjustment 4. Greater Regional Integration through International Migration 5. Conclusions: Challenges and Policy Options