The introduction, evolution and end of colonial extractive institutions in the Netherlands Indies, 1830 - 1942

Thee Kian Wie, Indonesian Institute of Sciences

This paper deals with the introduction, evolution and end of the colonial extractive institutions in the Netherlands Indies (1830 -1942) and its long-term consequences in independent Indonesia.
The colonial extractive institutions were only abolished when Indonesia achieved its independence in 1945 after the Japanse surrender to the Allied Forces.
Under the highly authoritarian Suharto regime (1966 - 1998) new extractive institutions were introduced in the form of policy-generated barriers to domestic competition, such as officially sanctioned monopolies, cartels, and other barriers to entry. However, these extractive institutions were not inspired by the colonial extractive institutions, as it is highly unlikely that President Suharto and his senior officials knew much about the colonial extractive institutions during the Dutch colonial era, except perhaps a vague notion of the adverse effects of the Cultivation System.

About the speaker
THEE Kian Wie is Senior Economist at the Economic Research Centre, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (P2E-LIPI), and Member of the Social Sciences Commission, Indonesian Academy of Sciences (KIS-AIPI), Jakarta. He received his first degree in economics from the University of Indonesia in 1959 and his Ph.D. degree in economics at The University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA, in 1969. His major research interests are industrialization, foreign direct investment and technological development in East Asia, with particular reference to Indonesia, and Indonesia's modern economic history.

Venue: UNU-MERIT Conference Room

Date: 11 October 2011

Time: 12:30 - 13:30  CEST