Falling Behind, Forging Ahead and Falling Behind Again: Thailand from 1870 to 2014

  title={Falling Behind, Forging Ahead and Falling Behind Again: Thailand from 1870 to 2014},
  author={Anne E. Booth},
  • A. Booth
  • Published 22 January 2016
  • Economics, History
  • Economies
The paper argues that Thailand’s economic and social development from the late 19th century to the early 21st century presents a puzzle. For much of the period from 1870 to 1940, the country’s economic growth was slow, and the economy remained agricultural, with little diversification into modern industry or services. It was the only Southeast Asian country to escape direct colonization, and yet it did not use its relative freedom from colonial control to embark on a programme of accelerated… 
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