The developer’s dilemma – discussion event with ESCAP
The developer’s dilemma - Structural transformation, inequality dynamics, and inclusive growth, co-edited by Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Kunal Sen, Andy Sumner, and 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.
Watch the livestream here
|14:30-14:35||Welcome and introduction
Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, USG and Executive Secretary of ESCAP)
|14:40 – 15:10||Presentation on the Developer’s Dilemma: overview and policy recommendations
Kunal Sen, Director of UNU-WIDER
Discussant: Hamza Ali Malik, Director, MPFD, UNESCAP
|15:10 – 15:30||Presentation of Thailand case study
Waleerat Suphannachart, Kasetsart University (with Peter Warr, The Australian National University, joining online)
Discussant: Archanun Kophaiboon, Thammasat University, Bangkok
|15:30 – 15:50||Presentation of Indonesia case study
Andy Sumner, King’s College London
Discussant: Titik Anas, Special adviser to Minister of Finance and Padjadjaran University
|15:50 – 16:30||Interactive session with the audience|