Date Published:
Jun 01, 2000
Focus Area(s):
ASEAN-Australia WP 26

Drawing from the country-specific analyses of the structure and growth of agricultural protection in the four largest ASEAN countries, this paper analyzes the changes in agricultural protection and structural change in the ASEAN economies from 1960 to 1982. Analysis shows that the comparative advantage enjoyed by the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia stems mostly from the relatively abundant area of cultivated land per capita. However, it is not clear if there is a need to switch from taxing to subsidizing agriculture would arrest the decline of the importance of the agriculture sector in these countries

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