About Per SE

Commentary and research on current events and public policy by economists from the University of the Philippines
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Vox populi vox Dei?

The political independence and professionalism of the bureaucracy and the courts are part of constitutional design. It is foolish and uninformed of politicians to demand that they conform to political trends and opinions of the day, no matter how “popular”.

Why we need the CHR

President Duterte and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez rant and rave against the Commission on Human Rights, and then go ad hominem and vent their ire on its chair, Chito Gascon.

Is the Philippines moving away from migration?

Overseas labor migration and remittances continue to be very important features of the Philippine economy -- but less and less so.

Inflationary tendency

A creeping rise in domestic prices has been happening since a year ago, indicative of modest inflationary pressures.

Missed opportunity

Given the background between Sen. Trillanes and the Dutertes, one would think that the senator’s invitations to Son and Son-in-law represented an ideal opportunity for the latter to show up the former for what they think he is...

Marcos and how he formed his economic team

The times were propitious for technocrats to be taken into high responsibility. When he was elected president, Marcos had followed in the footsteps of other models elsewhere. He was highly influenced by John F. Kennedy who brought with him many professionals from business and from the academe when he took office.

Locked up but looking good

I confess, Reader, that my first reaction was, not pity, but envy—and I told her so. No one should be looking so good after being incarcerated that long.

Low FDI inflows: its genesis

I continue my discussion of last week and hark back to the early part of our independence history.


Our success as a nation is ultimately the harvest of our collective exertion as a nation. The future beckons to us to provide a better pedestal for our International Math Olympiad heroes, one the equal of the pedestals we accord medalists in lesser pursuits.

Nagging questions on China

Question: What is the similarity between China and the Caloocan police?

The heroes of August and national unity

Heroes signify important moments in the nation’s history, appearing when it is triumphant and full of proud accomplishments and also when the country faces moments of danger. Heroes emerge during high and low points in a nation’s narrative as a country, serving as inspiration and moral guide.

Growth accelerations

Taking the long view and beyond scoring political points, however, if GDP does grow by 6-6.5% this year, then the Philippines would qualify as a clear case of “growth acceleration”