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Informal Trade and Underground Economy in Myanmar

Costs and Benefits

Informal Trade and Underground Economy in MyanmarWinston Set Aung
IRASEC, Bangkok
Série Observatoire
juin 2011, 96 p.
ISBN : 978-616-7571-01-0
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Executive summary


1 – Objective
2 - Methodology

Part 1 - Myanmar’s cross-border trade

1 - Impact of sanctions on cross-border trade
2 - Local perceptions of cross-border trade
3 - The context of informal/illegal cross-border trade
4 - Illegal versus illicit products
5 - Costs and benefits of informal cross-border trade
6 - Case studies related to cross-border trade and its effects

Part 2 - Cross-border mobility and human smuggling from Myanmar

1 - Illegal border crossings
2 - Causes and effects of cross-border mobility
3 - Costs and benefits of mobility



The author

Winston Set Aung has been involved in many international and regional research projects in various countries including Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, Malaysia, Bangladesh and Japan. He has successfully completed over 40 international and regional research projects in more than 10 countries. He has written various research papers in cooperation with several international and regional academic, research and policy institutes that include University of Tokyo of Japan, Institute for Security and Development Policy of Sweden, Mekong Institute of Khon Kaen in Thailand, Chulalongkorn University of Bangkok, Stockholm Environmental Institute (SEI-Asia), Nomura Research Institute of Japan, UNDP, etc. He is currently a Founder and the Director of Research of the Asia Development Research Institute (www.asiadevelopment.org), and also a Founder and Executive Director of Asia Language and Business Academy (www.alba-edu.com) of Myanmar. He is also a non-resident senior research fellow at the Institute for Security and Development Policy of Sweden. In addition, he is a member of the Research Advisory Committee of Mekong Institute which is an inter-governmental organization of the Greater Mekong Sub-region based in Thailand. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Mekong Societies published by Center for Research on Plurality in the Mekong Region, Khon Kaen University of Thailand.