Effects of the Indonesian Crisis

Evidence from the Indonesian Family Life Survey

by Elizabeth Frankenberg

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This research brief describes work documented in The Real Costs of Indonesia's Economic Crisis: Preliminary Findings from the Indonesia Family Life Surveys (DRU-2064-NIA/NICHD).

Excerpt: The dramatic economic and political upheaval in Indonesia over the past two years has left few Indonesians untouched. Although anecdotal information has been marshaled to claim that the changes are devastating, our evidence, based on survey data, suggests that many of the claims are exaggerated. The crisis has had a serious impact on some subpopulations. Other subpopulations have actually benefited from new opportunities.

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