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Is Thailand's car buying scheme a wise move?

28 August 2013 Last updated at 03:31 BST

A series of big-ticket government spending projects in Thailand are part of populist policies started by former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra more than a decade ago.

These projects have been continued by Thailand's current leader, his sister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Last year her government offered big tax rebates for first-time car buyers. The scheme was popular, but was it a wise economic move?

The BBC's South East Asia correspondent Jonathan Head reports.

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