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Commentary and research on current events and public policy by economists from the University of the Philippines
Posts tagged "regional and urban economics"

The Asian Development Bank — 50 years in Manila

The first half-century of successful existence of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is being celebrated this year. Since its founding, the bank’s headquarters has been in Manila.

A perspective on law and order, and economic growth

The declaration of martial law in Mindanao by President Duterte begs the question, How will it affect the nation’s economic growth performance?

Four states rather than 12 or more in the Philippine federation

Last week, in the column entitled “States of the proposed Philippine federal republic”, the idea of four self-governing states was broached. Further arguments are made today.

States of the future Philippine federal republic

The political blockbuster for our republic is the proposal to create a federal state to change the government from the eight-decade old unitary presidential structure into a federal system.

Federalism 101: meaningful autonomy, virtues and frailties

What are the possible virtues and frailties of meaningful federalism? My perspective will be economic and will be limited. Everything depends upon meaningful autonomy.

Maritime transport critical to regional development

DESPITE MUCH research and repeated policy pronouncements on the importance of regional development, the country’s spatial growth has actually become more rather than less skewed. With climate-change-induced disasters in addition to increasing sociopolitical restiveness in the regions, the subject of spatial inequalities has assumed renewed relevance. Indeed, the issue is figuring prominently in the run-up...

A city is not a country

Size -- whether measured by area or population -- is the biggest difference between a city and a “real country.” Size correlates with heterogeneity in the population, their activities, their environment, and therefore their needs and opinions.

Metro Manila’s traffic gridlock — temper blower all year long

According to a study recently made by JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency), the current daily cost to the economy of the traffic gridlock is P2.4 billion. If not remedied in time, this would reach P6 billion by 2030.

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.

The discontinued Hanjin project in northern Mindanao: Large foreign direct investments and local governments

In 2007-2009, one of South Korea’s shipbuilding companies – Hanjin – made a bold plan to build a $2 billion shipbuilding operation in northern Mindanao. Local politics and the insensitive acts of local government officials killed the project.

Real score on funds for Bangsamoro

The funds to be transferred to the Bangsamoro have been described as an “additional cost” to be borne not by the Bangsamoro but by the rest of the country, whose taxes will support these allocations.

Mindanao’s growth triangle – Cagayan de Oro, Davao and General Santos

Three major urban areas serve as magnets for Mindanao’s economic heartland: Cagayan de Oro, Davao, and General Santos. These magnetos collectively provide transport logistics and the industrial and commercial support to the growth of Mindanao’s economy.