Thailand - The Currency Crisis and Beyond

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Case Length : 12 Pages
Period : 2003
Organization : -
Pub Date : 2003
Teaching Note : Not Available
Countries : Thailand, Asia
Industry : -


Thailand, one of South East Asia's most important countries, had seen 17 military coups since the removal of absolute monarchy in 1932. Civilian governments had often been short-lived and unstable. During the Asian currency crisis, the baht lost half its value. Half the country's loans turned non-performing and output plummeted. Following the Asian currency crisis, the Thaksin administration attempted to use fiscal policy to facilitate a sustained economic recovery. Policies to diversify export markets and promote agricultural exports were also announced. Incentives were offered to substitute imports with locally produced goods.

But most economists believed Thailand had to do a lot more to get rid of the excesses that had led to the 1997 currency crisis. The case illustrates the need for developing countries to have sound financial systems to absorb huge capital inflows.


  Page No.
Introduction 1
Background Note 3
Economic Policies 4
The Industry 7
Foreign Trade 7
Social Policies 9
Future Outlook 10


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