The Creation of the East Timorese Economy

Volume 2: Birth of a Nation

  • Mats Lundahl
  • Fredrik Sjöholm

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Mats Lundahl, Fredrik Sjöholm
    Pages 1-33
  3. Mats Lundahl, Fredrik Sjöholm
    Pages 35-75
  4. Mats Lundahl, Fredrik Sjöholm
    Pages 77-135
  5. Mats Lundahl, Fredrik Sjöholm
    Pages 137-198
  6. Mats Lundahl, Fredrik Sjöholm
    Pages 199-263
  7. Mats Lundahl, Fredrik Sjöholm
    Pages 265-313
  8. Mats Lundahl, Fredrik Sjöholm
    Pages 315-332
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 333-400

About this book


Very little has been written on the economy of East Timor since the country’s independence in 2002, and no comprehensive account exists of the economic history of the country. The former cannot be properly understood without a knowledge of the historical process that created the present-day situation. This research monograph is the first book to combine a historical analysis of the creation and development of the economy of East Timor from the earliest times to the present, and an analysis of the main contemporary problems facing the East Timorese economy. 

Volume II offers a detailed analysis of the economy of East Timor, of politics, fiscal policy and social progress. It pays particular attention to structural problems: employment generation and the lack of a modern sector, the modernization of agriculture and the management of the oil deposits in the Timor Sea. The first volume, available separately, considers East Timor from a chronological perspective, as a Portuguese colony, and a country occupied by Indonesia up to national independence in 2002. 

This book will appeal to economists, political scientists and social scientists in general as well as practitioners, since it focuses on down-to-earth problems that need to be solved for the economy to develop. The book can also be read by students both at the undergraduate and graduate levels and could be used for case studies in development.  


East Timor (Timor-Leste) Resource rich underdeveloped economics Portuguese empire Independence of East Timor East Timorese politics Poverty alleviation Indonesian occupation of East Timor Timorese resistance movement

Authors and affiliations

  • Mats Lundahl
    • 1
  • Fredrik Sjöholm
    • 2
  1. 1.Stockholm School of EconomicsStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsLund UniversityLundSweden

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-22051-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-22052-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2662-6497
  • Series Online ISSN 2662-6500
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