There are many studies that cover the long-term economic development of Indonesia. Even older overviews are still worth reading, as they cover topics and offer references that more recent overviews neglect. Here are a few key references.


Text books

  • Gonggrijp, George F.E. (1928, 1938, 1948) Schets Eener Economische Geschiedenis van Nederlandsch-Indië [Outline of an economic history of the Netherlands Indies]. Haarlem: Bohn. Republished as (1957) Schets ener Economische Geschiedenis van Indonesië [Outline of an economic history of the Netherlands Indies]. Haarlem: Bohn.
  • Oei, Tjong Bo 黃宗模 (1948) Niederlandisch-Indien: Eine Wirtschaftsstudie [The Netherlands Indies: An economic study]. Zurich: Fussli.
  • Boeke, Julius H. (1953) Economics and Economic Policy of Dual Societies, as Exemplified by Indonesia. New York: Institute of Pacific Relations.
  • Burger, Dionijs H. (1957, 1960, 1962, 1970, 1984) Sedjarah Ekonomis Sosiologis Indonesia [Sociological-economic history of Indonesia]. Jakarta: Wolters / Pradnya Paramita (2 volumes). Also published as (1975) Sociologisch-Economische Geschiedenis van Indonesië [Sociological-economic history of Indonesia]. Amsterdam: Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen (2 volumes.).
  • Hill, Hal (1996) The Indonesian Economy since 1966: Southeast Asia’s Emerging Giant. Cambridge: Cambridge UP.
  • Booth, Anne (1998) The Indonesian Economy in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: A History of Missed Opportunities. London: Macmillan.
  • Dick, Howard W. et al. (2002) The Emergence of a National Economy: An Economic History of Indonesia, 1800-2000.  Crows Nest: Allen & Unwin.
  • Van Zanden, Jan Luiten and Marks, Daan (2012) An Economic History of Indonesia: 1800-2010. London: Routledge.


Literature surveys

Many studies exist that deal with specific time periods, specific regions of Indonesia and/or specific sectors of the economy. Nevertheless, a wide range of such topics still await closer study. Some overviews of trends in the research of Indonesia's long-term economic development are:

  • Lindblad, J. Thomas (1989) 'The economic history of colonial Indonesia: A historiographical survey', Economic and Social History in the Netherlands, 1: 31-47.
  • Lindblad, J. Thomas (1993) ‘Key themes in the modern economic history of Indonesia’ in J. Thomas Lindblad (ed.) New Challenges in the Modern Economic History of Indonesia (Leiden: Programme of Indonesian Studies) 1-36.
  • Van der Eng, Pierre (1996) ‘Challenging changes: Current themes in the economic history of Indonesia’, Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis, 10(2) 89-113.
  • Touwen, Jeroen (2008) 'The economic history of Indonesia' in Robert Whaples (ed.) EH.Net Encyclopedia. (online at EH.Net, 16 March 2008).
  • Nawiyato (2010) ‘Trends in the economic historiography of Indonesia since 1990’, in J. Thomas Lindblad and Bambang Purwanto (eds.) Merajut Sejarah Ekonomi Indonesia: Essays in Honour of Thee Kian Wie [Knitting Indonesia’s economic history: Essays in Honour of Thee Kian Wie]. (Yogyakarta: Ombak) 91-134. 


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