Category: Economics

President Joko Widodo’s focus on the economy led him to initially ignore the seriousness of the coronavirus threat, writes Ahmad Syarif Syechbubakr.

Critics of the gig economy say it erodes workers’ rights and makes work more precarious. How do these dynamics play out in Indonesia, where a large portion of the workforce is already in insecure and informal work? Dr Dave McRae speaks to Diatyka Widya Permata Yasih in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

Donny Pasaribu and Krisna Gupta are sceptical about Indonesia and Australia’s new trade agreement, but suggest it may yet offer benefits for the bilateral relationship.

2019 was a big year for Talking Indonesia. Here we present the 10 episodes that were most popular with podcast subscribers over the past year.

How will Indonesia change as the digital economy expands? And what role will government and the private sector play in this transformation? Dr Dave McRae chats to Putri Alam from Google Indonesia in Talking Indonesia.

Volatile food prices make headlines during Ramadan, but poor households struggle with them year-round, writes Rachma Indah Nurbani.

Ahead of the final debate before the election, Dr Asep Suryahadi assesses the key economic promises coming from either side.

The free trade agreement between Australia and Indonesia was finally signed on 4 March. Matthew Busch writes that if successful, it could help stabilise economic, trade and investment cooperation in the face of future turmoil in the bilateral relationship.

How is the Indonesian economy performing and what are the key economic issues for voters? Dr Jemma Purdey chats to economist Dr Lana Soelistianingsih about these issues and more in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

Prabowo Subianto and running mate Sandiaga Uno have said their campaign will focus on President Joko Widodo’s economic weaknesses. But Matthew Busch writes that Prabowo’s attacks have so far fallen short, even though he has plenty of material to work with.

What are the drivers of regional disparity, what are its impacts, and what can the government do about it? As part of our ‘Policy in Focus’ series, Dr Dave McRae discusses these issues and more with Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro in a special episode of Talking Indonesia.

What could the government be doing to reduce inequality? Dr Asep Suryahadi examines the drivers and future of inequality, and suggests that despite government efforts, Indonesia may have to get used to higher levels of inequality.