This comment on Cheang’s paper challenges his view of East Asian developmental states, especially Singapore, using quantitative measures and a counterfactual scenario to show the fragility of his argument. It is better to take a closer look at the data before proclaiming that approaching these questions through the lens of conventional quantitative methods is something that simply cannot be done correctly.

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Ryan H. Murphy is a research associate at the O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom in the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business.
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