About Per SE

Commentary and research on current events and public policy by economists from the University of the Philippines
Posts tagged "higher education and science"

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.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

The frontier of technological and scientific developments arising out of the digital and computer revolution – which is summarized by the oncoming convergence of smart phones, robotics, artificial intelligence, internet, 3D printing, big data, biotechnology, materials science, energy storage and quantum computing – is called the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Effort, opportunity, and the standard of success

An address delivered before the School of Economics Graduating Class of 2018, during Recognition Rites held 22 June 2018 at the University Theater, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City.

A dream of foreign education fulfilled

Sometime last month, an invitation from the Philippine American Economic Foundation’s 70th anniversary of the Fulbright program in the Philippines set me to think about my youth and the connection of economic development with foreign education.

Implementing the free college tuition law

The free college tuition law is too generous and will threaten our budgetary capacity, while possibly weakening the quality of our state collegiate institutions.

Tribute to Ruping Alonzo by former UP President Roman

Former UP President Emerlinda R. Roman pays tribute to Professor and former University Vice-President Ruperto P. Alonzo.

Slices of life with Ruping: at work and after hours

Dante Canlas pays tribute to his late colleague Professor Ruperto Alonzo.

Seventeen

Our success as a nation is ultimately the harvest of our collective exertion as a nation. The future beckons to us to provide a better pedestal for our International Math Olympiad heroes, one the equal of the pedestals we accord medalists in lesser pursuits.

How do we budget for free college tuition?

By making tuition free, this law virtually removes the ability of the educational institutions to earn any tuition income from students. Now, this source of flexibility disappears with the abolition of tuition income. The institutions will now be totally exposed to government budgetary support.

The UP School of Economics and its early years

The passing early this week of Dr. Amado A. Castro, the first dean of the University of the Philippines School of Economics, provides the occasion to comment on the early years of this institution that he helped build as an independent academic unit of the UP.

Unintended consequences, or the folly of uncritical thinking

A close reading of why some policies resulted in bad, unintended outcomes reveals a defect in design. A design defect could arise from the selfish myopia of reform proponents who focus mainly on seeing their own gains. Or it may be due to a firm belief about the justness of their cause.