About Per SE

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

Poverty, inequality, and growth

On April 29, NEDA announced that after three years of reasonably rapid economic growth, poverty incidence is finally responding, with a 3% drop from 27.9% in 2012 to 24.9% in 2013. Welcome news indeed. This attests to the view that sustained growth is the holy grail that brings measurable relief to the poor.

University of the Philippines and the nation

Recently, I had occasion to talk to UP president Alfredo Pascual on the problems of the UP. He also gave me some data collected by my colleagues at the UP School of Economics which he studies and learns from. Some of that discussion is reflected in what I write today.

Gone through the roof

In his first year in office, President Aquino III promised to cut sharply budget support to government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs). What’s the real score? Well, this particular promise will go down in history as one of Mr. Aquino’s unmet promises.