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Commentary and research on current events and public policy by economists from the University of the Philippines
Monthly archive December 2018

Current world headlines and the economy

Developments that are significant enough to disturb current trends and events in other regions of the world eventually could affect us.

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.