The book deals with the transformation of labour markets in Indonesia over thirty years of New Order government under President Soeharto. It traces the impact of rapid economic growth on employment, wages and labour productivity in an initially poor labour surplus economy. Key elements of the process include a growing industrial and informal sector work force, rising labour incomes, increasing mobility of rural labour, regional integration and greater female participation in the economy. Challenges include high rates of urban unemployment, dissatisfaction with tight controls imposed on industrial workers and rising aspirations created by sharp increases in minimum wages.
• High profile author • Fills an important gap in development literature • Of interest to specialists and more general readers interested in development, labour and social issues in East Asia
Preface; Part I. Setting the Scene: 1. Labour market issues in Indonesian development; 2. Economic development and labour markets: international experience; Part II. Economic Growth and Labour Market Dynamics: 3. Economic and social transformation: a remarkable record; 4. New jobs and rising productivity: the formal-informal sector divide; 5. Wage growth in a labour surplus economy?; 6. Labour market structure and institutions; 7. Unemployment and under-employment: pressing problems?; 8. Protecting and controlling workers in a labour surplus economy; 9. More women in the work force: regress or progress?; Part III. Lessons from the Indonesian Case: 10. Rapid economic growth and labour outcomes; References.