Ideas for Developing Asia and the Pacific

Daniel Suryadarma, Senior Research Fellow

Daniel Suryadarma, Senior Research Fellow

Daniel Suryadarma

Daniel Suryadarma joined ADBI in November 2020 and is a Senior Research Fellow.

Daniel conducts applied economics research in the areas of human development, poverty, and social policy in low and middle-income countries. He implements policy trials and analyses with government and non-government partners. His current research spans Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, Nepal, the Philippines, and Pacific Island Countries. His research has appeared in high-impact economics journals, including American Economic Journal: Applied Economics and Journal of Development Economics. He has been interviewed by the Economist and Australian Financial Review.

Prior to joining ADBI, Daniel was the deputy team leader of the Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE) Programme in Indonesia and a senior research fellow at the SMERU Research Institute in Jakarta. He was previously a research fellow at the Australian National University and led the impact evaluation unit at the Center for International Forestry Research. Daniel has economics degrees from Brandon University, the University of Toronto, and the Australian National University.

Twitter: @dsuryadarma

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With Shintia Revina, Rezanti Putri Pramana, and Christopher Bjork. Asian Education and Development Studies, 12(4/5): 262-274. 2023.

With R. Al Izzati and Asep Suryahadi. Oxford Development Studies, 51(3): 291–306. 2023.

The Effects of Inequality on Trust in Indonesian Institutions

With Asep Suryahadi, Ridho Al Izzati, and Teguh Dartanto. Asian Economic Policy Review, 18(1): 73–91. 2023.

Heterogeneous Impact of Internet Availability on Female Labour Market Outcomes in an Emerging Economy

With Niken Kusumawardhani, Rezanti Pramana, and Nurmala Saputri. World Development, 164, 106182. 2023.

Foundational Mathematics and Reading Skills of Filipino Students over a Generation

With Takiko Igarashi. International Journal of Educational Development, 96, 102688. 2023.

Education Quality across Indonesia’s Districts: Estimations from a Policy Experiment

With Goldy Dharmawan. Journal of Southeast Asian Economies, 38(3): 401–425. 2021.

Schooling Progress, Learning Reversal: Indonesia’s Learning Profiles between 2000 and 2014

With Amanda Beatty, Emilie Berkhout, Luhur Bima, and Menno Pradhan. International Journal of Educational Development, 85, 102436. 2021.

The Impact of COVID-19 Outbreak on Poverty: An Estimation for Indonesia

With Asep Suryahadi and Ridho Al Izzati. Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 56(2): 175–192. 2020.

Financing Tertiary Education in Indonesia: Assessing the Feasibility of an Income-contingent Loan System

With Elza Elmira. Higher Education, 79: 361–375. 2020.

Getting Forest Science to Policy Discourse: A Theory-based Outcome Assessment of a Global Research Programme

With Aidy Halimanjaya and Brian Belcher. International Forestry Review, 20(4): 469–487. 2018.

Education in Indonesia: A White Elephant

With Sandra Kurniawati, Luhur Bima, and Asri Yusrina. Journal of Southeast Asian Economies, 35(2): 185–199. 2018.

The Impact of Media on Behaviour: Evidence from Television Coverage Expansion and Declining Fertility in Indonesia

With Rika K. Dewi and Asep Suryahadi. Development Policy Review, 36: O552–O563. 2018.

Fertility and the Height of Children in Indonesia

With Timothy J. Hatton, Robert Sparrow, and Pierre van der Eng. Economics and Human Biology, 28: 67–78. 2018.

The Impact of Forest Management Plans on Trees and Carbon: Modeling a Decade of Harvesting Data in Cameroon

With Paolo Omar Cerutti, Robert Nasi, Eric Forni, Vincent Medjibe, Sebastien Delion, and Didier Bastin. Journal of Forest Economics, 27: 1–9. 2017.

Evaluating Policy-Relevant Research: Lessons from a Series of Theory-Based Outcomes Assessments

With Brian Belcher and Aidy Halimanjaya. Palgrave Communications, 3, Article 17017. 2017.

The Consequences of Child Market Work on the Growth of Human Capital

With Armand A. Sim and Asep Suryahadi. World Development, 91(3): 144–155. 2017.

The Evolution of Gender Gap in Numeracy: A Longitudinal Analysis from Indonesia

Education Economics, 23(2): 180–198. 2015.

The Effect of Childhood Migration on Human Capital Accumulation: Evidence from Rural-Urban Migrants in Indonesia

With Budy P. Resosudarmo. Asian Population Studies, 10(3): 319–333. 2014.

Improving Educational Quality through Enhancing Community Participation: Results from a Randomized Field Experiment in Indonesia

With Armida Alisjahbana, Rima Prama Artha, Amanda Beatty, Arya Gaduh, Menno Pradhan, and Maisy Wong. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 6(2): 105–126. 2014.

Missing Public Funds and Targeting Performance: Evidence from an Anti-Poverty Transfer Program in Indonesia

With Chikako Yamauchi. Journal of Development Economics, 103(1): 62–76. 2013.

Sectoral Growth and Job Creation: Evidence from Indonesia

With Asep Suryahadi and Sudarno Sumarto. Journal of International Development, 25(4): 549–561. 2013.

How Corruption Diminishes the Effectiveness of Public Spending on Education in Indonesia

Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 48(1): 85–100. 2012.

Survey of Recent Developments

With Sudarno Sumarto. Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 47(2): 155–181. 2011.

The Value of Vocational Education: High School Type and Labor Market Outcomes in Indonesia

With David Newhouse. World Bank Economic Review, 25(2): 296–322. 2011.

A Reassessment of Inequality and Its Role in Poverty Reduction in Indonesia

With Rima Prama Artha, Sudarno Sumarto, and Asep Suryahadi. Indonesian Quarterly, 38(2): 237–255. 2010.

Traditional Food Traders in Developing Countries and Competition from Supermarkets: Evidence from Indonesia

With Adri Poesoro, Akhmadi, Sri Budiyati, Meuthia Rosfadhila, and Asep Suryahadi. Food Policy, 35(1): 79–86. 2010.

The Effects of Location and Sectoral Components of Economic Growth on Poverty: Evidence from Indonesia

With Asep Suryahadi and Sudarno Sumarto. Journal of Development Economics, 89(1): 109–117. 2009.

Measuring Unemployment in Developing Countries: The Case of Indonesia

With Asep Suryahadi and Sudarno Sumarto. Labour, 21(3): 541–562. 2007.

Patterns of Teacher Absence in Public Primary Schools in Indonesia

With Syaikhu Usman and Akhmadi. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 27(2): 207–219. 2007.

Predicting Consumption Poverty Using Non-consumption Indicators: Experiments Using Indonesian Data

With Asep Suryahadi and Sudarno Sumarto. Social Indicators Research, 81(3): 543–578. 2007.

Improving Student Performance in Public Primary Schools in Developing Countries: Evidence from Indonesia

With Asep Suryahadi, Sudarno Sumarto, and F. Halsey Rogers. Education Economics, 14(4): 401–429. 2006.

What Happened to Village Infrastructure and Public Services During the Economic Crisis in Indonesia?

With Jesse Darja, Asep Suryahadi, and Sudarno Sumarto. Economics and Finance in Indonesia, 53(2): 119–145. 2005.

Without specific efforts to recover learning, prolonged education disruptions can lead to learning losses and disparities that affect students of all income levels.

Education in Indonesia

With Gavin Jones. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. 2013.

Progress and Stagnation in the Livelihood of Informal Workers in an Emerging Economy

With Mayang Rizky and Asep Suryahadi. In G.S. Fields, T.H. Gindling, K. Sen, M. Danquah, and Simone Schotte (eds.), The Job Ladder. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. 2023.

Assessing the Contribution of Research to Improved Policy and Practice: An Evaluation of CIFOR's Climate Change Research

With Brian Belcher and John Young. In M. Palenberg and A. Paulson (eds.), Evaluation and the Pursuit of Impact. London: Routledge. 2020.

Labour Market in Indonesia: Some Issues and Challenges

With Muhammad Purnagunawan and Devanto Pratomo. In M.E. Pangestu and L.Y. Ing (eds.), The Indonesian Economy: Trade and Industrial Policies. London and New York: Routledge. 2017

Human Capital and Economic Development in Indonesia

With Umbu Reku Raya. In W. Dobson (ed.), Human Capital Formation and Economic Growth in Asia and the Pacific. London and New York: Routledge. 2013.

Financing Higher Education: The Viability of a Commercial Student Loan in Indonesia

With Bruce Chapman. In D. Suryadarma and G.W. Jones (eds.), Education in Indonesia. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. 2013.

From Access to Income: Regional and Ethnic Inequality in Indonesia

With Wenefrida Widyanti, Asep Suryahadi, and Sudarno Sumarto. In A. Booth, C. Manning, and Thee K.W. (eds.), Land, Livelihood, the Economy and the Environment in Indonesia. Jakarta: Yayasan Pustaka Obor Indonesia. 2012.

The Quality of Education in Indonesia: International Comparison, Challenges, and Efforts for Improvement

In C. Manning and S. Sumarto (eds.), Employment, Living Standards, and Poverty in Contemporary Indonesia. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. 2011.

Targeting in Social Protection Programs: The Experience of Indonesia

With Asep Suryahadi, Wenefrida Widyanti, and Sudarno Sumarto. In S. Cook and N.Kabeer (eds.), Social Protection as Development Policy: Asian Perspectives. New Delhi: Routledge. 2010. 

Agricultural Demand Linkages and Growth Multiplier in Rural Indonesia

With Asep Suryahadi, Sudarno Sumarto, and Jack Molyneaux. In N. McCulloch (ed.), Rural Investment Climate in Indonesia. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. 2009.