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

Transparency and accountability

P-Noy and his administration have given us all the ammunition we need to make an informed judgment on everything he has promised to do. We just have to look at StatDev13, in the NSCB (National Statistical Coordination Board) website.

Fragile: survey shows how precarious the Philippine state still is

The Philippines is one of the top 10 most worsened -- not most improved -- states, both by score and by rank. This result contradicts the picture painted by Malacañang that the Philippines is improving in the area of good governance.

Poor reporting

Public attention last week was riveted on the non-release of the Napoles list and its murky contents. By contrast, a release that was actually prompt and clearly significant was ignored—the release of poverty statistics for the first semester of 2013.

Conjecture vs. evidence: a reiteration

[with Sharon F. Piza] This is a reply to RV Fabella’s methodological rejoinder to criticisms of his paper ‘CARP: time to let go’.

On criticisms of ‘CARP: time to let go’: a methodological rejoinder

This rejoinder is written for a pedagogical purpose: this is a rare opportunity for our students current and past to learn from an actual methodological debate.

Time to let go of CARP? Not so fast

[with Sharon F. Piza] The following note seeks to clarify the appreciation of data pertaining to agrarian reform as used in the discussion paper “CARP: time to let go” (henceforth Fabella (2014)).

Unemployment has no welfare significance

If the principal concern of the government and its critics is to relieve the poverty of the vast majority and to pull them into the middle class, then the unemployment rate is actually a bad statistic to focus on.

Don’t add underemployment to unemployment

I mean literally.

How to make growth sustainable, inclusive

The economy grew 7.8% in the first quarter of 2013, giving President Aquino something to brag about when he delivers his SONA on July 22nd. The expectation is the second quarter will be equally strong because of election spending. But does that make the economy’s growth sustainable and is it inclusive?

Killing the messenger

Oh for heaven’s sake. Here I am again, having to eat my words -- at least partially. I should have quit while I was ahead. I am referring what I said at the end of last week’s column -- the last paragraph. I should have skipped that altogether. Why? Let me explain.

May Day: happy or sad day?

Should Filipino workers rejoice or despair? For those who are gainfully employed and have received decent salary increases lately, there is reason to rejoice. But for those who are employed but whose pay have remained unchanged, the underemployed, and the unemployed there is nothing but despair.

Poverty incidence

NEDA Director-General Arsi Balisacan and the Philippine Statistical System, particularly the NSCB and the National Statistics Office, are to be congratulated for a more timely release of the country’s poverty statistics. That is no mean feat.