Archive for August, 2008


In this globalization era, rich countries are getting richer and poor country getting poorer each year. Why only rich countries has higher turnover? With its limitation in resources, how could a second class country could compete?
Economy Geographic tries to answer with theories on agglomeration (concentration of economy activities). The economic analysis of agglomeration was based on Marshall, who identified three reasons for concentrations, which are pool market for workers and firms, specialize supplier and knowledge/technological spillovers. As a form of agglomeration, Free Trade Zone is established with infrastructure and privilege by the Federal Government to draw agglomeration. The areas usually are areas that have a good access to the production centre as well as to the market and predicted to grow rapidly with a Growth Centre position
This article tries to illustrate how this growth centre based concept practice in the real world. The comparison will be between three establish Free Trade Zone which are Batam (Indonesia), Subic (Philippines), and Shenzhen (People Republic of China). The comparison will be divided cause-effect list which are Competitive Factors and Performance Indicator Lists.
The comparison shows that Free Trade Zone will be more beneficial if it is supported with special privileges (tax holiday, special policy regime, etc). Moreover, alike with agglomeration, intermediate and final producer that has already located in the Free Trade Zone, will attracted more industries to the zone (self sustain). Lastly, there would be knowledge and skill transfer from the foreign company expertise to local workers. Overall, with additional statistical analysis, it is argued that Agglomeration through Free Trade Zone and additional policies will impact significantly on Developing countries like Indonesia

This paper was submited and presented at ISSM 2008 in Delft, The Netherlands, May 13th 2008


Perkembangan ekonomi regional Indonesia 1995-2005

Membahas sedikit tentang penelitian yang sedang dilakukan, saya mencoba menggambarkan secara sederhana perkembangan PDRB/kapita antara tahun 1995-2005 di 26 propinsi di Indonesia. Berdasarkan analysis dinamis yang dikembangkan oleh Quah (1993, 1996), analisis ini menjelaskan posisi masing2 (disebut State) propinsi berdasarkan tingkat PDRB/kapita. Read more here…

New Mapping Technology

As time goes by, technology had developed very rapidly. Not only in programming and technical side, the advance of technology had also touch the application field such as medicine, statistical, even geography. This, however, had changed the way of surveying and analyzing than in past Read more here…

Perkembangan Ilmu Perencanaan Kota

Perkembangan konsep perencanaan wilayah dan kota terbagi pada beberapa periode yang berbeda pada tiap negara. Berikut adalah pembagian berdasarkan periode dengan perbedaan yang sangat signifikan secara umum

a) Konsep Pengembangan Kota Tahun 1800 – 1945
Pada abad 18 terjadi industrialisasi di Eropa Barat dan Amerika Serikat. Dampak buruk industrialisasi telah mengakibatkan warga Eropa Barat dan Amerika Serikat untuk peduli dengan lingkungan binaan. Beberapa perancang kota terutama dengan latar belakang arsitektur menciptakan konsep-konsep utopis (ideal, angan-angan). Read more here…

First post

Right!! my first post

Actually I already have several blogs, however I just realized a couple days ago that I really need one blog where I can put my thoughts and academic opinions in one fancy blog

So, this it, my (hopefully) professional blog.

August 2008
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