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26 September 2023, 14:15 - 16:30 Indochina Time / Bangkok | Open meeting

Theatre, United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
The developer’s dilemma in Southeast Asia


On 26 October UNU-WIDER, in partnership with the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), hosts an event bringing together academics and international experts to discuss the developer's dilemma in Southeast Asia.

The developer’s dilemma - Structural transformation, inequality dynamics, and inclusive growth, co-edited by Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Mr. Kunal Sen, Mr. Andy Sumner, and Mr. Arief Anshory Yusuf, reflects on the challenge that developing countries face during periods of economic development - the tension between building a productive economy and the unequal distribution of the benefits of economic development.

Economic development theory, associated with Kuznets, Lewis, and others, suggests that the process of structural transformation—when production transitions from lower-productivity to higher-productivity activities—leads to upward pressure on inequality, at least in the short term, because economic development processes start unevenly.

Drawing on case studies from nine developing countries, The developer’s dilemma shows that rising inequality is not inevitable. In depth analysis reveals insights into the pathways of structural transformation and the likely inequality effects – and the specific policy approaches that can best mitigate the increase in inequality.

To disseminate the key insights from this book, UNU-WIDER in partnership with ESCAP is organizing a discussion that brings together academics and international experts from the Southeast Asia region.

To join this event, please register here.

for more information, please contact

Section on Countries in Special Situations +66 2 288 1234 [email protected]
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