Revealing willingness to pay and willingness to work to avoid deforestation and forest degradation using the contingent valuation method

March 14, 2016

This dissertation analysed local people’s contributions to a program that aimed at avoiding deforestation and forest degradation. The theoretical framework was Hicksian equivalent surplus for welfare changes induced by a quantity restriction. Based on data from contingent valuation surveys in East Kalimantan, Indonesia, it was shown that monetary contribution was very small compared to alternative land uses. The contribution in terms of unpaid working time has also been successfully implemented as an alternative to the monetary contribution. The results showed that local people preferred long term benefits if they were compensated for the program. As for compensation channels, local people preferred broad-based stakeholders cooperation. Local people were also willing to pay more if they trusted fellow local people.

Link to my full dissertation file (in pdf).

Finally, I dit it!

December 10, 2015

Pertanyaan yang tabu untuk mahasiswa S3: Risetnya bagaimana? Kapan lulus? Jangan sekali-kali bertanya hal-hal itu kepada mahasiswa S3, terutama generasi “tua”.

Alhamdulillah. Pertanyaan itu bukan lagi tabu untukku.


Perlu 6 tahun bagiku menyelesaikan perjalanan akademis yang kumulai November 2009. Sebagaimana perjalanan, ada banyak pemandangan indah, tapi tidak sedikit tanjakan dan belokan yang berbahaya. Tapi, ketika sudah sampai tujuan, semuanya yang pahit atau yang manis, berubah menjadi kenangan.

Dan kenangan itu tak ada pahit atau manis, yang ada adalah pelajaran-pelajaran untuk masa depan.

My oral examination in the PhD IDS news

Environmental Standard: A Disguised Protectionism?

February 13, 2010

A presentation file that describes some environmental standards in international trade under GATT 1994 and WTO; and application of those standards in case of tropical forest.

Presentation (in English, pdf) is available here:

Standar Lingkungan: Proteksi Tersembunyi?

File presentasi yang menjelaskan mengenai standar-standar lingkungan yang terkait dengan GATT 1994 dan WTO; serta aplikasinya pada kasus perdagangan kayu tropis.

My Master Thesis on Accountability

May 29, 2008

Title: Accountability Reporting in Indonesia: Perceived Performance, Measurement System, and Implementation Approach

This thesis provides a preliminary study about the practice of accountability reporting in Indonesia government units. There are three conclusions:

(1) common phenomenon of self-serving attributions in self-reporting was proven to exist strongly and most units attribute it to themselves for a good performance but blame external factors for failure.
(2) finding also shows the difficulty for government units to measure their performance in terms of outcome, benefit, and impact. Exaggeration in reporting performance was proven to exist.
(3) implementation approach is related with improper measurement.

This is my thesis in Graduate School for International Development & Cooperation (IDEC), Hiroshima University, Japan (2004). Abstract (English, pdf) could be downloaded from Finance Education & Training Agency (FETA), MOF. Full thesis could be seen at Library of FETA, Jl. Purnawarman No. 99, Jakarta Selatan, 12110.

Penggabungan Laporan Keuangan dan Laporan Kinerja Instansi Pemerintah: Perkembangan & Permasalahan

May 28, 2008

Title in English: Combining Financial Report and Accountability Report in Government Units: Progress and Problems

Abstract: Before enactment of Government Regulation Number 8/2006, Accountability Report and Financial Report are disclosed separately. In order to implement performance budgeting, it is mandatory to combine governmental accounting system and performance management system. Since in Indonesia those systems are in early step of development, such combination still has numbes of problems. This article will elaborate problems of current system and try to offer recommendation derived from literature reviews.

This article is published in Jurnal Akuntansi Pemerintah, Vol. 2, No. 2, November 2006, Pp. 1-15. Full article in Bahasa Indonesia can be downloaded from Finance Education & Training Agency (FETA), Ministry of Finance.

Mendanai Modernisasi Alutsista TNI AL (Funding Navy’s Weapons Modernization)

April 8, 2008

This article attempts to answer a question whether government could generate funds from illegal fishing eradication. Some scholars say that government could use money generated from illegal fishing elimination to fund navy’s weapons modernization. I argue that while many regulations make it possible for government to use the money, but the amount of the money is clearly not enough. Publicly cited data from Ministry of Marine & Fishery shows that Indonesia suffer from illegal fishing Rp30 trillion a year. Whit this figure, if the Ministry and Navy could save 1% of illegal fishing, may Navy would be able to buy one battle ship each year with fund from this special operation. I am certain that this number is only a potential number. In fact, the actual number is much lower. The article is in Bahasa Indonesia. It was first published in Republika (newspaper) under title “Mendanai Modernisasi Alutsista TNI AL” on March 5, 2008. You can download it in full article from Republika or Fiscal Policy Office Ministry of Finance or myartikel.


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