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Commentary and research on current events and public policy by economists from the University of the Philippines
Monthly archive May 2016

My choices for prez, VP (1)

Every voter should be able to defend his or her choice of president and vice president (and, for that matter, his or her other choices for public office) in a way that will show that the Philippines will be better off for it.

The next president: Duterte vs. Roxas and Poe’s bubble

It would be crystal balling to speculate on election outcomes. I will not do this. But I will try to explain the reasons behind the evolution of the presidential campaign so far.

Aquino government caught in the inaction zone

On the eve of Mr. Aquino’s exit from Malacañang, it can now be told: the contribution of government to the economic expansion in the last 5 years is nil if not negative.