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        Economic diversification and primary commodity processing in the second-tier South-East Asian newly (English)
        Discussion Paper by Jomo K.S. and Michael Rock, 1998, 50 pages
        Categories: Commodities

        What: This discussion paper examines successful agricultural diversification in South East Asia and how government initiatives to diversify national economies have been efficient. Who: For students and teachers interested in the link between agricultural diversification and growth, and implementation of national development strategies. How: Interesting papers that raises controversial points on government interventions in national economies. Good examples from Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia that can be used in activities or exercises.

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        Electronic Commerce: Legal Considerations (English)
        Report by UNCTAD Secretariat, 1998, 59 pages
        Categories: International Economic Law, Science and Technology

        What: This study focuses on the discussion of legal issues that are relevant to electronic commerce on an international level. It gives an overview on international developments that aim at the facilitation of e-commerce and outlines legal issues which are considered to constitute obstacles in the cross-border use of e-commerce. Possible solutions to these obstacles from already existing legal documents are discussed. The study includes a number of recommendations for governments and commercial parties with regard to creating favourable frameworks for electronic commerce. Who: Useful for anyone who deals with the legal framework for international electronic commerce and wishes to get detailed information on existing legal provisions. How: Can serve as starting point to examine the progress made within the last years in the international legal framework on ICT.

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        Trade and Development Report 1998: International financial instability and the East Asian crisis (English)
        Report by UNCTAD, 1998, 59 pages
        Categories: Globalization and Development Strategies, International Financial System

        This chapter of the Trade and Development Report 1998 seeks to explain the East Asian crisis of 1997 in the context of the increase in systemic global financial instability. It examines various elements that have characterized financial crises since 1970, identifying the factors that have created financial vulnerability in East Asia and spread it throughout the region and globally. It argues that there is clear evidence that the policy response to the 1997 crisis contributed to its severity, and sets out the social consequences of the crisis. The chapter concludes with a brief discussion of the general implications of the crisis for the East Asian model of economic development. Who: For lecturers, researchers and/or students of finance. How: A very good reading material on international financial instability. The report provides lots of reference materials.

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        UNCTAD Trade and Development Report 1998, Chapter III: International financial instability and the East Asian crisis (English)
        Report by UNCTAD, 1998, 26 pages
        Categories: International Financial System

        This chapter of the Trade and Development Report 1998 seeks to explain the East Asian crisis of 1997 in the context of the increase in systemic global financial instability. It examines various elements that have characterized financial crises since 1970, identifying the factors that have created financial vulnerability in East Asia and spread it throughout the region and globally. It argues that there is clear evidence that the policy response to the 1997 crisis contributed to its severity, and sets out the social consequences of the crisis. The chapter concludes with a brief discussion of the general implications of the crisis for the East Asian model of economic development. Who: For lecturers, researchers and/or students of finance. How: A very good reading material on international financial instability. The report provides lots of reference materials.

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        UNCTAD Trade and Development Report 1998, Chapter IV: The management and prevention of financial crises (English)
        Report by UNCTAD, 1998, 28 pages
        Categories: International Financial System

        What: With a special focus on developing countries this report discusses the causes of financial crises and the consequences on international markets volatility, it argues that in the absence of a global mechanism for capital flows stabilization financial instability will remain in all countries. Who: This report from 1998 is an essential reading to understand mechanisms of financial crises. However

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