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Do Regions Gain from an Open Economy?

This paper looks into whether and how sub-national regions can benefit from a country’s economic openness. Using data on the Philippines, it first notes marked disparities across its regions as reflected in economic and social indicators.

Economic growth didn’t ease poverty

he first Millennium Development Goal (MDG) is to halve poverty incidence by 2015. Despite the above-normal economic growth during the last four years, the Philippines will miss this goal. By contrast, the same goal has been reached globally in 2000, five years ahead of schedule.

Economic growth didn’t ease poverty

he first Millennium Development Goal (MDG) is to halve poverty incidence by 2015. Despite the above normal economic growth during the last four years, the Philippines will miss this goal. By contrast, the same goal has been reached globally in 2000, five years ahead of schedule.

Nov. 1 thoughts: economics and social practices on the end of life

The most striking observation a Martian visiting our cemeteries could make is the stark difference in the income and wealth among the deceased. In life as in death, the rich try to be different from the rest among us.

Wanted: A forward-looking, competent and compassionate leader

The Philippines' biggest challenges today and in the future are unemployment and poverty. The number of jobless workers continues to rise. Worse, the latest improvement in the unemployment rate is due mainly to fewer people looking for a job, as they become more pessimistic in finding one.

Current Structure and Future Challenges of the Agricultural Sector

This chapter provides an overview of the patterns, composition, policies and institutional environment that have influenced the performance of the agriculture sector in recent years.

Fair compensation and other prerequisites to mining for development

The challenge of mineral-based development is ensuring that the returns from extraction are invested in human capital and infrastructure to support development and ensure long-term benefit from the activities. Strong government regulations should also be in place to reduce damage to the environment.

As Aquino term nears the end, its chances of attaining inclusive growth are quickly fading

With 10 months to go before his term ends, the likelihood that President Aquino III’s would achieve his promise of a strong, sustained and inclusive economic growth is fading fast.

Solving the slum problem

If a city's wealth is to be judged by its skyline, then Metro Manila, Cebu and other major cities must be rapidly getting rich. And yet, poverty has barely budged in recent years and the housing deprivations of millions of Filipinos fester and grow even worse.

What the next administration can do to reduce chronic poverty

One should be unhappy with the government’s fiscal performance. During the last five years, from 2010 to 2014, actual government spending has been below planned spending. Yet, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima is elated that actual budget deficit is much smaller than planned deficit.

On Piketty’s “Capital”

One of the first questions I asked myself as I began to read Capital was: why was this book not written before?

As train of growth chugs forward, is everyone getting pulled along?

The Aquino III administration is supposedly committed to the lofty goal of strong, sustainable, inclusive growth. But does it really know the meaning of inclusiveness? What does the evidence show about the state of economic, social and environmental inclusiveness of the Philippine economy?