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RANKED: The Wealth of Southeast Asian Nations
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RANKED: The Wealth of Southeast Asian Nations

Measuring national wealth and changes in wealth is part of an ongoing effort by the World Bank to monitor the long-term economic well-being of nations.

In the recently released book report of The Changing Wealth of Nations 2018, total wealth in the new approach is calculated by summing up estimates of each component of wealth; produced capital, natural capital, human capital, and net foreign assets.

The report tracks the wealth of 141 countries between 1995 and 2014, which significant and primarily contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that aims to reviltalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

In this regard, wealth accounts contribute to (1) policy and institutional coherence, by providing a common and sound analytical framework for assessing sustainable development; and (2) the targets related to data, monitoring, and accountability.

Let’s have a look at how Southeast Asia nations progressed in between the range of years. Putting them in rankings (based on the total wealth amount), each country progressed differently according to the report.

Notes:

1. Scroll further down for the meaning of each component that is included as asset categories contributed to the total wealth achieved.

2. Estimates are in 2014 U.S. dollars (billion, except for Population) per capita at market exchange rates.

3. No data were available for Brunei and Myanmar.

SINGAPORE

Source: The Market Mogul
Source: The Market Mogul

Total Wealth

Population

Produced Capital

Natural Capital

Human Capital

775,196

5,469,724

186,017

561

466,119

 

MALAYSIA

Source: arcadis.com
Source: arcadis.com

Total Wealth

Population

Produced Capital

Natural Capital

Human Capital

239,203

29,901,997

29,989

28,657

180,729

 

THAILAND

The scene of BTS Skytrain passes through Sathon, the business districts of Bangkok | Wikipedia
The scene of BTS Skytrain passes through Sathon, the business districts of Bangkok | Wikipedia

Total Wealth

Population

Produced Capital

Natural Capital

Human Capital

62,599

67,725,979

20,380

10,144

33,573

 

INDONESIA

Source: OhFact!
Source: OhFact!

Total Wealth

Population

Produced Capital

Natural Capital

Human Capital

46,919

254,454,778

15,299

9,443

23,701

 

LAOS

Source: lha.com
Source: lha.com

Total Wealth

Population

Produced Capital

Natural Capital

Human Capital

39,307

6,689,300

5,279

22,590

13,762

 

PHILIPPINES

A view of the financial district of Makati City in Manila | Fortune
A view of the financial district of Makati City in Manila | Fortune

Total Wealth

Population

Produced Capital

Natural Capital

Human Capital

30,823

99,138,690

7,860

5,644

17,790

 

 VIETNAM

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Ho Chi Minh City | Package Tour

Total Wealth

Population

Produced Capital

Natural Capital

Human Capital

27,368

90,728,900

5,530

9,381

13,740

Indicators:

Total wealth was measured as the sum of each asset category below (including net foreign assets). It represents a significant departure from past estimates, in which total wealth was estimated by (1) assuming that consumption is the return on total wealth and then (2) calculating back to total wealth from current sustainable consumption. 

Produced capital and urban land: machinery, buildings, equipment, and residential and non-residential urban land, measured at market prices. For brevity, the term produced capital is used to include produced capital and urban land.

Natural capital: energy3 (oil, gas, hard and soft coal) and minerals (10 categories), agricultural land (cropland and pastureland), forests (timber and some non-timber forest products), and terrestrial protected areas (for brevity, referred to simply as protected areas in the report). Marine-protected areas are not currently included. Natural capital is measured as the discounted sum of the value of the rents generated over the lifetime of the asset.

Human capital: human capital disaggregated by gender and employment status (employed, self-employed). Human capital is measured as the discounted value of earnings over a person’s lifetime

 
Source :World Bank Report 2018

ProudProud25%
SadSad30%
ExcitedExcited5%
IndifferentIndifferent5%
InspiredInspired15%
AmazedAmazed20%

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