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Cambodia’s special economic zones

This study examines the role of special economic zones (SEZs) in Cambodia, and finds that the SEZs have attracted significant levels of foreign investment that would not have been present otherwise. These investments have created around 68,000 jobs, with equal or better pay and better prospects than the alternatives. By leaving it to the private sector, Cambodia has avoided the large and sometimes wasteful public sector set-up costs associated with SEZ establishment in many other countries.

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Field Value
Document type Analysis, discussion papers, and blogs
Language of document
  • English
  • Economy and commerce
  • Investment
  • Labor
  • Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing policy and regulation
  • Special economic zones
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Cambodia
Copyright Yes
Access and use constraints

© Asian Development Bank. License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.

Version / Edition 1.0
License CC-BY-4.0

Peter Warr (; Jayant Menon (

Author (individual) Warr, Peter
Co-author (individual) Menon, Jayant
Publication place Manila, Philippines
Publisher Asian Development Bank
Publication date 2015
Pagination 29 p.
General note

ADB Economics Working Paper Series,#459

Date uploaded October 19, 2015, 13:18 (UTC)
Date modified June 17, 2016, 11:26 (UTC)