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Commentary and research on current events and public policy by economists from the University of the Philippines
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Forex controls in the 1950s

The 1950s were an era of foreign exchange and import controls for the Philippines. This lasted for a solid one decade during which the country undertook to rehabilitate from the war and move toward political and economic independence. We could have built the nation better in those formative years.

Two pesos per dollar unsustainable after independence: Phl economic history

Philippine independence was on schedule to be delivered on July 4, 1946 just a few months after the end of the Second World War. The economy was vastly devastated by four years of Japanese occupation and the war for liberation which brought in further destruction.

Gochoco-Bautista on martial law economy

Professor Maria Socorro Gochoco-Bautista responded to a series of wide-ranging questions regarding the economy under martial law in an interview with CNN Philippines on 24 September 2018.

History revised by BBM and JPE

Dumbfounded. That was what I was as I watched Part 1 of the interview by Bongbong Marcos (BBM) with former senator Juan Ponce Enrile (JPE).

Sainthood for the Talangpaz sisters

The sisters Dionisia and Cecilia Talangpaz y Pamintuan, in their lifetime, faced and overcame tremendous vicissitudes in their journey toward a life serving Christ.

Strong leader as miracle worker: Deng Xiaoping drilled down

In the early 1980s, the battle for the hearts and minds of China was raging between the Deng Xiaoping partisans who shared his vision of a market and an open economy and the Chen Yun partisans who clung to a planned and closed economy.

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.

The communist rebellion and our Republic

Intransigence and unreasonable demands of the communist negotiators have led to what appears to be a permanent break in the talks. The communists have lost a chance to put closure to a long civil conflict with the Republic of the Philippines since independence in 1946.

Urban squatting

In this piece I focus on giving a still picture of existing squatter settlements in Quezon City where the widest open land of prime value for the nation has been devalued by squatter settlements.

Historical roots of urban squatting

If there is any disheartening sight of poverty in the country, it is the growth and universal presence of unsightly urban squatting.

Washington SyCip, 96: at life’s many stages, a whiz

The outpouring of testimonies to the good and useful deeds he has done attest to a life well-lived. That life involved a search for excellence with hard work and good example.

By John H. Power: Sen. Jose W. Diokno lectures Gerry Sicat on political feasibility of economic policy proposals

John Power was an American visiting professor from the University of Wisconsin who possessed powerful economic insight. He helped contribute to the understanding of the shortcomings and mistakes of Philippine industrial policy that have, however, taken long to correct.