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Commentary and research on current events and public policy by economists from the University of the Philippines
Monthly archive January 2014

Pork barrel is very much alive and kicking

Many Filipinos rejoiced when the Supreme Court ruled, unanimously, that the pork barrel system, specifically the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), was unconstitutional. That was indeed good news. The bad news, however, is that the pork barrel system is very much alive and kicking.

Rising from Haiyan’s ruins

Recovering from the tragedy wrought by Typhoon Haiyan, the most potent typhoon ever to hit land in planet earth’s recorded history, is evidently no mean task. Difficult to estimate is the economic cost; virtually incalculable is the human cost, including lost human capital going to economic cost.

Rules, overlords, and hype

When overlords trump rules, the nation has little hope of progress. The first fundamental step in development is to replace overlords with rules. How far are we?

‘Smell of fear’ in Makati

The Junjun Binay vs Dasmariñas Village security guards “standoff” won’t be over until some questions that are begging to be asked are finally asked and answered. Let’s take them one by one.

Reading helps make a better nation

A nation of readers is a nation of vigilant and knowledgeable literates. In our country, though the literacy rate is high, there are not enough readers among us.