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ZONED OUT: A comprehensive impact evaluation of Mekong economic development zone

This report presents a study that applies publicly available information to assess foreign-invested economic development zones (EDZs) across the Mekong region. Analysis of EDZ's effects on three levels of evaluation—economic development, illicit activity, and geopolitics—demonstrates that while the creation of an EDZ is typically followed by an increased pace of development, zones can also facilitate adverse outcomes that undercut the benefits to economic growth. The study evaluates the data environment, presents workflows for leveraging publicly available information, and offers policy recommendations for improving the data environment.

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Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
  • Decentralization and deconcentration
  • Economic land concessions and plantations
  • Infrastructure
  • Land
  • Special economic zones
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Myanmar
  • Thailand
  • Viet Nam
Copyright Yes
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The mention of any individual, company, organization, or other entity in this report does not imply the violation of any law or international agreement, and should not be construed as such. The designations of geographical entities in this publication, and the presentation of the material, do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of C4ADS concerning the legal status of any country, territory, or area, or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.

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Author (individual) Darathtey Din, Ryn Jirenuwat, Aung Khant Kyaw, Chan Muyhong, Trang Nguyen, and Michael Tatarski
Co-author (individual) Coby Goldberg, Max Kearns, Henry Peyronnin, Ben Spevack, Sofia Vargas
Publication place Thailand
Publisher C4ADS
Publication date 2021
Pagination 76
Keywords SEZs,FDI,drug trafficking,wildlife trafficking,corruption,EDZs,southeast-asia
Date uploaded June 30, 2021, 09:24 (UTC)
Date modified July 1, 2021, 03:50 (UTC)