Industrial policy and the development of the automotive industry in Thailand

Natsuda, Kaoru and Thoburn, John (2013) Industrial policy and the development of the automotive industry in Thailand. Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, 18 (3). pp. 413-437. ISSN 1354-7860

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It has been argued that restrictions on industrial policy implemented under World Trade Organization rules in the 2000s have greatly reduced the 'policy space' in which developing countries can promote industrialisation. This paper examines the case of Thailand's policies in developing one of the most successful automotive industries in the Southeast Asian region. We show that Thailand's use of local content requirements, later abolished under WTO rules, helped promote local suppliers and did not deter foreign investors. Substantial tariff protection of vehicles and components production did not deter exports, and has continued to the present, even under liberalisation policies. Supplementing tariff protection by various fiscal means to promote product champions in the automotive industry, Thailand has succeeded in retaining substantial policy freedom.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: geography, planning and development,development,political science and international relations,sdg 10 - reduced inequalities ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3305
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2021 01:39
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2023 00:10
DOI: 10.1080/13547860.2012.742690

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