ERD Working Paper No. 71
George Abonyi is Executive Director, Asia Strategy Forum and Associate Senior Fellow, Institute of Southeast AsianStudies (email@example.com). This work was undertaken as a consulting assignment with the Economics and ResearchDepartment (ERD), with Xianbin Yao, former Assistant Chief Economist, and Richard Bolt, former Senior Economist,ERD, providing overall guidance. It builds on earlier work for ERD initiated under the direction of David Edwards, former Assistant Chief Economist; and also links closely to related work undertaken by ERD and published in June2003 by the Asian Development Bank as the
Economic Analysis of Policy-Based Operations: Key Dimensions
. Comments provided by Anthony Zola (MIDAS), Rick Doner (Emory University), selected senior officials in the Royal Thai Government,as well others familiar with the case in the NGO and research community in Thailand were particularly helpful in finalizing this paper. The analytic framework for policy reform presented in the paper was influenced by earlier collaborationwith John Thomas (Harvard University). The views and opinions expressed in the paper are those of the author.