The Primacy of Political Economy in Asia

By Ooi Kee Beng

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It’s a complicated subject, this thing we call Economics. I don’t always know what it means.I remember once talking to Robert Kuok about it. His reply was (and I paraphrase from my vague memory of that conversation): “Economics is simply about living, isn’t it? As you live, you learn to live – that is economic knowledge”.That is the gist of what I understood from what he said. I offer my apologies if I misunderstood his point. But what I understood...

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Ooi Kee Beng

is the Executive Director of Penang Institute. His recent books include The Eurasian Core and its Edges: Dialogues with Wang Gungwu on the History of the World (ISEAS 2016). Homepage: