SMEs and Economic Integration in Southeast Asia

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Michael T. Schaper, Asian-Pacific Economic Literature, 2020.

"In a novel and positive twist, the researchers use the same survey instrument (or a variation thereof) throughout the region, which allows for a degree of standardisation often lacking in region-wide studies. Each of these chapters focuses on manufacturing enterprises in a particular nation, and in most cases uses a sampling frame of some 200-300 firms in each country. Both SMEs and large firms are examined, allowing the researchers to compare the two types of business organisations. As a result, the various country chapters analyse largely the same issues. 

Overall, the book is a valuable contribution to an area that is often discussed but rarely researched in-depth, and as such should be useful reading for policymakers in both national and multilateral organisations, as well as business advocates and advisers. 

The authors of this current volume are to be congratulated for this contribution to the field; it is now time for others to continue their work."

About the Publication

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) account for about 97–99 per cent of total enterprises and 60–80 per cent of total employment in ASEAN countries. The participation of SMEs is thus crucial for achieving greater regional economic integration amongst ASEAN countries. SMEs are, however, often constrained by many disadvantages that limit their abilities to become importers and exporters. This is well documented in the research literature on trade and firm size. This volume contains selected ASEAN country studies on the participation of SMEs in regional economic integration based on primary microdata. This is supplemented by empirical studies on the role played by East Asian multinational enterprises in the region. 

"The editors and authors of SMEs and Economic Integration in Southeast Asia are to be congratulated for this major contribution to the scholarly and policy literature on a subject of much public discussion but limited analytical research. The emphasis on economic integration highlights the importance of these firms in Southeast Asia’s growing regional and global engagement. The thirteen chapters, by leading authors in the field, comprise both insightful country analyses and careful examination of the links between SMEs and foreign investment." 
—Hal Hill, H.W. Arndt Professor Emeritus of Southeast Asian Economies, Australian National University

Co-publication: ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute / ERIA

Co-published with Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)


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SMEs and Economic Integration in Southeast Asia [Whole Publication, ISBN: 978-981-4818-79-7], by Cassey Lee, Dionisius Ardiyanto Narjoko, Sothea Oum, editors 15.90 USD
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1. Introduction, by Cassey Lee, Dionisius Ardiyanto Narjoko, Sothea Oum, authors Download
2. SME Participation in ASEAN and East Asian Integration: Case of Cambodia, by Shandre M Thangavelu , Sothea Oum, Samsen Neak, authors 5.00 USD
3. Indonesian Small and Medium Enterprise Participation in ASEAN Economic Integration, by Titik Anas, author 5.00 USD
4. Lao SME Participation in Regional Economic Integration, by Phouphet Kyophilavong, author 5.00 USD
5. Government Policies, Regional Trading Agreements and Economic Performance of National Electronic Components Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Malaysia, by Rajah Rasiah, Govindamal Thangiah, authors 5.00 USD
6. Myanmar SMEs’ Participation in ASEAN and East Asian Regional Economic Integration: With a Focus on Food and Apparel Manufacturing, by Thomas Bernhardt, S. Kanay De, Giles Dickenson-Jones, authors 5.00 USD
7. Philippine SME Participation in ASEAN and East Asian Regional Economic Integration, by Rafaelita M. Aldaba, author 5.00 USD
8. Thailand’s SME Participation in ASEAN and East Asian Regional Economic Integration, by Teerawat Charoenrat, Charles Harvie, authors 5.00 USD
9. Vietnam SMEs’ Participation in Regional Economic Integration: Survey Results of Three Manufacturing Sectors, by Nguyen Dinh Chuc, Nguyen Ngoc Tuan, Nguyen Thi Kim Thai , authors 5.00 USD
10. Use of Preference at Export Platform: Evidence from Export to China by Japanese Affiliates in ASEAN, by Kazunobu Hayakawa, Toshiyuki Matsuura, authors 5.00 USD
11. South Korean Multinational Enterprises and Vietnam SMEs’ Participation in Global Production Networks in the Context of Increased ASEAN and East Asian Regional Economic Integration, by Nguyen Ngoc Anh , Nguyen Thi Tuong Anh, Nguyen Ngoc Minh, Nguyen Thi Phuong Mai, authors 5.00 USD
12. The Evolution of Taiwan’s Economic Links with ASEAN, by Shin-Horng Chen, Pei-Chang Wen, Meng-Chun Liu, authors 5.00 USD
13. Chinese Multinational Firms in Southeast Asia: A Study of Chery in Malaysia, by Zhang Miao, author 5.00 USD
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