PLF Muhamad Chatib Basri
"Do Bad Times Make Good Economic Policy? Managing Indonesia's Economy in a Globalized World"

Date: April 6, 2016
Time: 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Location: UC San Diego, The Great Hall

Presenter: Pacific Leadership Fellow Muhamad Chatib Basri, Former Minister of Finance, Indonesia

In 2013, the Indonesian economy was hit by series of global shocks, including the tapering of U.S. Quantitative Easing, China's economic slowdown and the end of the commodity supercycle. This pushed Indonesia to launch policy measures that were not easy, politically. It also raised the perplexing question: Why do technocrats play an important role only when an economic crisis strikes? This presentation will examine internal debates regarding the political economy of managing Indonesia's economy in a difficult global context, as well as their relevance for other countries facing similar challenges.
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