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The Asian Currency Crisis: The Role of Industrial Policy and Imbalanced Embedded Autonomy

Adrian J. Shin, University of Pennsylvania; University of Michigan

Division: Social Sciences

Dept/Program: Dept/Program; Political Science

Document Type: Undergraduate Student Research

Mentor(s): David Steinberg

Date of this Version: 16 April 2010

This document has been peer reviewed.

 

Abstract

Over the past few decades, East Asian countries achieved unprecedented rates of economic growth. Starting with Japan’s post-World War II economic miracle, followed by South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore, the region raised itself from an abyss of poverty to glorious economic prosperity. The grace of the East Asian model continued with great economic success, only to see its ultimate collapse in the Asian Financial Crisis in the late 1990s. This paper argues that certain sectoral dynamics combined with industrial policy had led to the imbalance of embedded autonomy. This imbalance is accountable for various policy consequences that generated perception noise among international portfolio investors. Through these observations, investors inferred about the high risk of industrial policy and launched massive speculative attacks on the victims of the Asian Financial Crisis in 1997.

Discipline(s)

Comparative Politics | International Economics | Political Economy

Suggested Citation

Shin, Adrian J., "The Asian Currency Crisis: The Role of Industrial Policy and Imbalanced Embedded Autonomy" 16 April 2010. CUREJ: College Undergraduate Research Electronic Journal, University of Pennsylvania, http://repository.upenn.edu/curej/121.

Date Posted: 12 May 2010

This document has been peer reviewed.

 

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