Comparing Elite Conflict around New Capital in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
“The Contentious Politics of Capital: The Political Economy of Chinese Investments in the Philippines.” Honorable Mention, Best Graduate Student Paper Award, American Sociological Association’s Section on the Sociology of Development, 2018.
Development Impact of Belt and Road Projects in Southeast Asia
“Kickstarting Development: Chinese Investments in Indonesia and Malaysia’s Mineral Processing Sector,” with Kevin Gallagher and Guanie Lim
“The Politics of Mining Investments in Indonesia and the Philippines,” with Mary Silaban and Angela Tritto.
Illicit Capital: Online Gambling, Money Laundering, and Syndicates
This project uses the term “illicit capital” to explain the surge of Chinese capital into seemingly unprofitable sectors. Since Rodrigo Duterte became the President, Chinese capital massively expanded into the Philippines. However, rather than a robust manufacturing sectors or strong foundational infrastructures, Chinese capital simply expanded into purchasing to acquire physical assets and small businesses despite having little-to-no profit gain. As such, I argue that Chinese investment constitutes “Illicit capital” that seeks to escape the clutches of the Chinese state by purchasing different types of assets across a range of economies. Bringing together the literature in development, political economy, and international crime, I look at the degree to which Chinese firms in the Philippines are simply vectors for money laundering.
An early draft of the project has been presented at a workshop hosted by Kyoto University’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies.
The Impact of Territorial Disputes on Sectoral FDI with Janica Magat.