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Eulogy for Gelia T. Castillo

Gelia’s life embraced the peak moments of many lives and many lifetimes. She never stopped asking but she understood more than most.

Secretary Diokno addresses the UP graduates of 2017

The presence of a strong and competent technical staff in government is a strong buffer against corruption, inefficiency, and ineffectiveness in the government. When you have enough people in the government who are competent and confident in their skills and knowledge, it’s much more difficult for illegal and unethical transactions to pass through.

Commissioner Guanzon addresses the 2017 UPSE graduating class

The tradition of protesting against wrongs is inseparable from our tradition of honor and excellence. It is inseparable because UP brought us up to serve the people, with honor and excellence. So when some say we protest too much, I tell them they protest too little.

Pagpapakilala sa panauhing pandangal

Ang ating Panauhing Pandangal sa araw na ito ay -- tulad ninyo -- isang produkto ng School of Economics ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas-Diliman.

Who drew first?

Alfred Marshall is frequently credited with the supply-and-demand diagram, so much so that the familiar graph of equilibrium in the market for a single good is called the “Marshallian cross” . Here as in many other cases, however, Stigler’s Law of Eponymy holds.

Armand V. Fabella’s life in government and education

Men of importance to the country’s economic history should be chronicled for posterity. Roel L. Landingin’s recent biography of Armand V. Fabella is a contribution toward this need.

Charisma and its limits

While democratically elected leaders normally have the duty to serve the people, here it is the people who think it is their duty to serve the leader.

Arrow

Barely noticed in our part of the world, Kenneth Arrow, probably the greatest economist in the second half of the last century, passed away on 21 February 2017.

Hal Hill’s review of the Cesar Virata biography

As I am on a brief vacation, I take the liberty of using my column space to present a work of Professor Hal Hill, who is H.W. Arndt Professor of Southeast Asian Economics, Australian National University. He reviewed my book: Cesar Virata. Life and Times through Four Decades of Philippine Economic History (UP Press, 2014)....

On aging and exercise

When we are young we take exercise for granted. We postpone that call for the easy way out in favor of work, work, work, and partying and less demanding leisure.

The Gon I knew

I learned about Gon’s passing while in the US. By impulse, I felt a big loss. I just had to pause and think about the Gon I knew.

Gon: not forgotten

It’s literally true Gon Jurado was with the School of Economics from its birth. He joined the faculty in 1965, as soon as he finished his M.A. from the department, the same year this institution was established as a separate academic unit.