The Pattern of Regional Competitiveness in Thailand

  • Apichai Puntasen
  • Roger Riefler


The decade of the 1980s may well be labelled by historians as the decade of change. Political and economic events, arguably best illustrated by the destruction of the Berlin Wall, in many ways changed the face of the globe. While the dramatic changes occurring in Eastern Europe and the states of the former Soviet Union may have attracted most attention worldwide, no area has been immune to change. Pacific Rim Asia (PRA) is no exception, although, with some exceptions, change in this geographic area was concentrated in the economic sphere.


Employment Growth Competitive Effect Personal Service Location Quotient Regional Competitiveness 
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Notes and References

  1. 4.
    For example, Labour Studies and Planning Division, Department of Labour and Public Works (1992) Yearbook of Labor Statistics, 1991, (Bangkok) table 13. This statistical yearbook was used to obtain all employment data utilized in the following tables and analysis.Google Scholar
  2. 5.
    See, for example, J. P. Blair (1991), Urban and Regional Economics, (Homewood, Ill.: Richard D. Irwin) pp. 4–12, for a discussion of various methods of defining regions.Google Scholar
  3. 8.
    For an excellent discussion of the decentralization of manufacturing establishments and Thai spatial policy, emphasizing the shift from metropolitan Bangkok to surrounding provinces, see Kyu Sik Lee (1992) ‘Spatial Policy and Infrastructure Constraints on Industrial Growth in Thailand’, Review of Urban and Regional Development Studies, vol. 4, no. 1, January, pp. 17–31.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. 9.
    See, for example, R. F. Riefler (1991) ‘An Assessment of Economic Development Policy: Nebraska in the 1980’s’, Regional Science Perspectives, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 3–26.Google Scholar
  5. 15.
    Regional wage levels were taken from Labour Studies and Planning Division, Department of Labour and Public Works (1992), Yearbook of Labour Statistics, 1991, (Bangkok) table 6.5.Google Scholar

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© Manas Chatterji and Yang Kaizhong 1997

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  • Apichai Puntasen
  • Roger Riefler

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