INSTITUTE FOR DEMOCRACY AND ECONOMIC AFFAIRS

INSTITUTE FOR DEMOCRACY AND ECONOMIC AFFAIRS

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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The mission of Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs is to improve the level of understanding and acceptance of public policies based on the principles of free individuals, free markets, limited government, and the rule of law.

Major programs for this organization include: IDEAS Academy; IDEAS Political Economy Course; Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) Reform; Southeast Asia Network for Development

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ANALYZING EFFICIENCY OF STATE-OWNED ENTERPRISES IN SRI LANKA

Government agencies are insulated from the profit and loss signals of dynamic markets, so state-owned enterprises (SOEs) tend to be chronically inefficient and wasteful, hemorrhaging taxpayer money without providing competitive products and services. Advocata Institute, an Atlas Network partner based in Sri Lanka, has released i...

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LIBERATING ASIAN ENTERPRISE FOCUSES ON OVERCOMING MARKET OBSTACLES

Asia has become a powerhouse in global markets, a trend that is only expected to grow over time. Asia’s economy contributed almost 40 percent of the world’s productive output in 2014, and accounted for nearly two thirds of global economic growth. Deeper market integration and liberalization in the region is critical to the globa...

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BRINGING PUBLIC CHOICE INSIGHTS TO MALAYSIA

Perhaps the most challenging problem in economics lies in how to devise and maintain institutions that facilitate good government. Australian economist Wolfgang Kasper addresses this challenge in “Governments Cannot Choose What is Good for Us,” an essay published by Atlas Network partner Southeast Asia Network for Development (S...

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IDEAS, SEANET EXPLAIN THE POWER OF FREE TRADE FOR ASIAN NATIONS

The road to global prosperity requires widespread free trade between nations, allowing the best goods and services at the lowest prices to reach the people who demand them, regardless of political borders. Government officials too often fall prey to the economic fallacy of protectionism, however, succumbing to the pleadings of s...

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SERVING LOW-INCOME CHILDREN WITH AUTISM IN MALAYSIA

In Malaysia, an average of one out of every 600 children is autistic, and although the wealthy can avail themselves of private facilities to help meet their children’s needs, the poor have few reliable options. This makes it difficult for parents with autistic children to work, save money, and build a better life for their famil...

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MALAYSIAN ALA GRAD HELPS BUILD OASIS OF LIBERTY

Malaysia has a tradition of classical liberal thought at its core, dating back to its 1957 Proclamation of Independence, which stated that the nation should be “founded upon the principles of liberty and justice and ever seeking the welfare and happiness of its people and the maintenance of a just peace among all nations.” Even...

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ATLAS NETWORK PARTNERS SELECTED FOR LEVERAGING INDICES GRANT

To achieve tangible, real-world impact in the think tank world, measuring the outcomes and results of our work is a key ingredient of the equation. In order advance this goal, Atlas Network has proposed using reputable international rankings or indices and then objectively assessing the results of think tanks’ work as they try t...

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MALAYSIA KITA PROJECT ADVOCATES FOR HARMONY AND PROGRESS

Malaysian-based Atlas Network partner Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) recently launched a new initiative called Malaysia Kita, a grassroots initiative “of like-minded individuals and organisations who are committed to foster a more harmonious and progressive Malaysia.” It is a response to the rising tides of...

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STRENGTHENING CIVIL SOCIETY IN SOUTHEAST ASIA


Malaysia's Prime Minister, Najib Razak, recently made headlines by expressing support for free trade when he spoke at the National Colloquium on the broader topic of Malaysia’s upcoming chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2015. Tunku ‘Abidin Muhriz, president of Atlas Network partner Institute f...

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