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James Guild

James Guild

James Guild is an expert in trade, finance, and economic development in Southeast Asia.

James Guild holds a Ph.D. in International Political Economy from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. He specializes in trade, finance, and economic development in Southeast Asia. Follow him on twitter @jamesjguild or

Posts by James Guild
September 20, 2022

Why The Price of Petrol Increased in Indonesia But Not in Malaysia

By James Guild
Despite some superficial similarities, the production and distribution of energy is structured quite differently in the two countries.

September 13, 2022

Thailand’s 2023 Budget Keeps an Eye on Spending and Debt

By James Guild
In Thailand the most important thing is to keep the baht stable and maximize exports.
September 06, 2022

Why Indonesia Reduced Petrol Subsidies

By James Guild
The move will be unpopular, but could well generate considerable economic benefits over the long run.

August 31, 2022

The Asian Development Bank’s Energy Transition Mechanism

By James Guild
After pledging to stop funding coal-powered power plants last year, the ADB is developing a framework to speed up the region's green transition.

August 23, 2022

What’s in Indonesia’s Proposed 2023 Budget?

By James Guild
Coming after two years of pandemic-induced deficit spending, the budget assumes a strong return to growth and revenue potential in the years to come.

August 16, 2022

Why Is Household Debt in Thailand So High?

By James Guild
COVID-19 exacerbated the situation, but high levels of household debt are a structural feature of the Thai economy that predates the pandemic.
August 09, 2022

Why Does Indonesia’s Bank Jago Have Such a High Valuation?

By James Guild
The strong track record of the bank's leadership, and the broader optimism about the future of digital banking in Indonesia, have combined to raise investors' expectations.

August 02, 2022

Rodrigo Duterte’s Economic Legacy in the Philippines

By James Guild
He came to office in 2016 with a promise to "Build, Build, Build." How do Duterte's economic achievements stack up?

July 26, 2022

Why is Vietnam’s VinFast Building an EV Factory in the United States?

By James Guild
The upstart auto maker is hoping that offshoring its manufacturing to the U.S. will help it tap into the growing American demand for electric vehicles.

July 19, 2022

The Scandal at Indonesian Charity Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT)

By James Guild
An investigation by the news magazine Tempo highlights the importance both of a free media and an empowered financial watchdog.

July 12, 2022

The Revival of Rail Infrastructure in the Philippines

By James Guild
The ADB and JICA are currently funding extensive upgrades to the country's railways and urban mass transit systems.
July 06, 2022

What Do High Oil Prices Mean for Clean Energy in Southeast Asia?

By James Guild
Net energy importers may be forced into a quicker transition, but the same is not true of nations with a large amount of oil and gas at their disposal.

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