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Commentary and research on current events and public policy by economists from the University of the Philippines
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GDP growth 2019 — factors to consider

A lingering question for the whole year is whether the year’s growth target of around six percent for 2019 is achievable.

Rice tariffication problems and measures to deal with them

I don't see any evidence at this point that lawmakers of the 17th Congress made a big mistake passing this law.

Employment and activity in the informal economy

It is in the informal sector where those who cannot find good jobs in the modern sector are absorbed. Here the rules and regulations of work and employment are ignored, or simply do not apply.

Duterte’s veto

The veto shows that Duterte’s populism remains for the moment “bridled”; by economic common sense, that is.

Veto of the SOT: promoting good jobs in the modern sector

President Duterte vetoed the “security of tenure” bill, bravely and for good reasons last week. It made good sense for the President to heed the pleas of the business sector simply by focusing on the country’s labor market situation.

Why China is unlikely to go away any time soon — 2

The administration's specific conception of a China strategy, however, leaves much to be desired.

Toward an investment-driven growth

The Duterte administration has introduced investment-driven growth and has raised the growth rate. However, the quality of the economic growth still needs to improve so that the economy’s modern sector of industry and commercial services becomes highly productive.

Why China is unlikely to go away anytime soon

Chinese persons already make up 40 percent of the world's adults who middle class or richer. The US and Europe together constitute less than 30 percent.

Winners from the US-China trade war

The Philippines does not appear to be gaining much from these developments that are profoundly transforming some of our Asian neighbors, especially Vietnam.

Labor market — more employment or more rigidity?

The issue of endo is still with us. Today it is in the form of a bill in Congress that is awaiting passage. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) endorses its passage.

Is rice tariffication working?

This year is special since this government did what several governments in the past did not dare do: liberalize rice imports

A successful case of Philippine agriculture

An obscure event that recognizes a foreigner in a recent university commencement exercise sets me to think about a brighter future for Philippine agriculture.