Pragmatism and Nationalism: Industrialization Policy in Indonesia and Nigeria

Economics and Finance in Indonesia. 2015;61(1):21-40 DOI 10.7454/efi.v61i1.495


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Journal Title: Economics and Finance in Indonesia

ISSN: 0126-155X (Print); 2442-9260 (Online)

Publisher: Universitas Indonesia

Society/Institution: Universitas Indonesia, Fakultas Ekonomi

LCC Subject Category: Social Sciences: Economic theory. Demography: Economics as a science

Country of publisher: Indonesia

Language of fulltext: English

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Ahmad Helmy Fuady (Research Center for Regional Resources, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI))


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Time From Submission to Publication: 8 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

This paper examines industrialization policy in two oil giant economies, Indonesia and Nigeria. What are the key features of continued economic divergence in these two countries since the 1980s? It shows that Indonesia’s policy-makers adopted a series of liberalization measures and switched to an export-oriented strategy to develop manufacturing industries from the mid-1980s, while Nigeria’s policy-makers was reluctant to do so. This paper also seeks to understand the rationale behind the different policy choices. This paper argues that policy-makers’ experience and educational background are possible explanation to the different industrialization policies in these two countries.