Burma's economy 2009: disaster, recovery...and reform?

Sean Turnell*, Wylie Bradford, Alison Vicary

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This article analyzes the current state of Burma's economy and the possibilities for reform. The serial underperformer of the region, Burma's emergence in recent years as a significant regional exporter of natural gas has created the potential for economic progress. Thus far this potential has yet to be realized, however, in a country whose economic policy-making framework remains one of dirigisme. In 2008, Burma's economy was dealt a further blow when the country was struck by Cyclone Nargis. This article begins by examining the economic impact of Nargis before moving on to examine the longer-term reforms required to restore prosperity to this all-too-often forgotten country.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)631-659
Number of pages29
JournalAsian Politics and Policy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009


  • Burma
  • development
  • economy
  • reform


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