Walaupun pertumbuhan ekonomi sejak 2012 mengalami trend melemah, tingkat pengangguran terbuka justru menurun. Sebaliknya, pada kurun waktu 2002-05 pertumbuhan ekonomi meningkat, tetapi tingkat pengangguran terbuka juga naik. Sejak 2006, tingkat pengangguran cenderung turun menjauh dari fluktuasi pertumbuhan ekonomi.
Pertumbuhan ekonomi yang semakin digerakkan oleh sektor jasa (non-tradable) ternyata menghasilkan lebih banyak pekerja informal. Tekanan di kelompok penduduk 40 persen terbawah cenderung semakin berat.
Pola demikian cenderung memperparah ketimpangan. Selain itu, basis pajak semakin sulit ditingkatkan.
Faisal Basri is currently senior lecturer at the Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia and Chief of Advisory Board of Indonesia Research & Strategic Analysis (IRSA). His area of expertise and discipline covers Economics, Political Economy, and Economic Development.
His prior engagement includes Economic Adviser to the President of Republic of Indonesia on economic affairs (2000); Head of the Department of Economics and Development Studies, Faculty of Economics at the University of Indonesia (1995-98); and Director of Institute for Economic and Social Research at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Indonesia (1993-1995), the Commissioner of the Supervisory Commission for Business Competition (2000-2006); Rector, Perbanas Business School (1999-2003).
He was the founder of the National Mandate Party where he was served in the Party as the first Secretary General and then the Deputy Chairman responsible for research and development. He quit the Party in January 2001. He has actively been involved in several NGOs, among others is The Indonesian Movement.
Faisal Basri was educated at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Indonesia where he received his BA in 1985 and graduated with an MA in economics from Vanderbilt University, USA, in 1988.