Widjojo Nitisastro and Indonesian development

Peter McCawley
  • Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, March 2011, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/00074918.2011.556061

Widjojo Nitisastro and Indonesia

What is it about?

Widjojo Nitisastro was the dominant economic policy-maker in Indonesia during the Soeharto era for almost three decades. First as a professor of economics from the University of Indonesia, and then later in a series of senior economic ministerial and advisory positions, he provided key advice to Soeharto and the Indonesian cabinet. His advice was not always accepted, and bad policy decisions were sometimes made, but for many years Widjojo's work underpinned good economic policy in Indonesia.

Why is it important?

This article provides a survey of the role that a key economic policy adviser in Indonesia during the Soeharto era, Widjojo Nitisastro, played during his period in office. The article discusses the consistent themes of sensible economic policies that Widjojo argued within government, and throws light on the debates about economic policy in Indonesia during the Soeharto era in Indonesia.

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