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Jakarta Post

Analysis: How big is Indonesia’s middle-class today?

  • Debnath Guharoy

    Roy Morgan

  /   Tue, February 28 2012   /  11:24 am

To answer the question, we need to agree on what defines that generic term used every day right across the world. One place to begin is the obvious, in any language. Quite simply, the middle rests between the top and the bottom. We can argue just about everything else, except that reality. The other factor to recognize at the outset of any such discussion is that the socioeconomic realities of a developed and affluent society are different from those of a developing third world economy.

The key indicator for economic progress is how big the middle-class has become and how rapidly it is growing. Without using any arbitrary pegs that inevitably become the focal point of such arguments, I offered a more pragmatic formula in an earlier column last year. To reiterate, most people would readily agree that household possessions represent a family’s aspirations for a better quality of l...