About Per SE

Commentary and research on current events and public policy by economists from the University of the Philippines
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How PH fares in the Human Capital Index

The Human Capital Index (HCI) is the latest indicator that has been formulated (by the World Bank) to help countries achieve inclusive and sustainable growth. But we already have a Human Development Index (HDI), so why the need for an HCI?

In favor of return to ROTC program: development and discipline

President Duterte supports the restoration of ROTC training, arguing that the nation needs it and that it is every citizen’s important duty to support the state in case of need.

A hailstorm of fury

First things first: The Filipino people have been robbed of arguably one of the best chief justices we could have—Associate Justice Antonio Carpio.

Why Filipinos distrust China

What we can take to the bank, Reader, in this era of fake news and overstated achievements, is the fact that Filipinos don’t trust China. Social Weather Stations (SWS) has been conducting surveys on this since 1994, and out of 47 surveys, only nine times did trust in China come out positive (but just barely). ...

Xi Jinping visit: future China and Philippine economic relations

The official state visit of Xi Jinping of China to the Philippines produced a large set of potential economic cooperation projects that promises to be more than spectacular as the two nations face the future.

Price controls on medicines

The proposed law would empower the DPRB to cap prices of drugs and medicines, and to sanction non-compliant pharmaceutical companies and medicine retail outlets.Its purpose is to “effectively reduce the cost of drugs or medicines.” Now who could be against that?

We have rule by law, not rule of law

Is the Philippines following the Rule of Law, or Rule by Law? Two prepositions—“of” and “by”. Tiny. Yet these make all the difference in the world, Reader.

World War I: our limited participation

The Philippines was dragged into the war because it was then a part of the American empire in the Pacific. America’s expansion as a nation had experienced transformation into a world power by this time, but it was a limited empire with few possessions. The Philippines was its colonial bastion in the Pacific.

The curious 3rd telco bidding

The flavor of the week is Davao’s Dennis Uy and his Mislatel consortium with China Telecom. They reportedly “won” the bid to be the Philippines’ third telco. The question on everybody’s mind is, did they win it fair and square?

US-China trade war will be settled

The trade war between the US and China has been escalating step-by-step since the beginning of this year. The trade war also causes greater risk and uncertainty to world commerce and development.

The Third Telco project, winner’s curse and sustainability

The impact of the third telco on consumer welfare depends upon the extent of the collusive behavior in the extant duopoly market and on the new efficiencies the third telco introduces.

Donald Duterte and Rody Trump

It is eerie, the similarity between Rodrigo Duterte and Donald Trump. So why bring it up again, if it has apparently been discussed to death? Because, just when things seem to be dying down, Donald Duterte or Rody Trump comes up with something new to titillate us.