Ernesto M. Pernia

Professor Emeritus

Research Interests 

  • Development Economics, Demographic Economics, Human Resource Economics

Teaching, Research, and Other Positions (partial list)

  • Professorial Lecturer, University of the Philippines School of Economics, Diliman, Quezon City, 2010-2013
  • Professor of Economics, University of the Philippines School of Economics, 2004-2009
  • Director for Public Affairs, UP School of Economics, 2007-2009
  • Professor of Economics, UP School of Economics, 1982-1985
  • Chairman, Department of Economics, UP School of Economics, 1982-1983
  • Director for Research, UP School of Economics, 1977-1982
  • Lecturer, University of California at Santa Cruz, CA, 1974
  • Chair, Board of Trustees, University of San Carlos, 2011-2014
  • Lead Economist, Economics and Research Department, Asian Development Bank, 1999-2003
  • Regional Adviser, Population and Employment Policy and Research, International Labour Office for Asia and the Pacific (Bangkok), l984-1986
  • Research Fellow, East-West Center Resource Systems Institute, Honolulu, 1983-1984

Selected Publications

  • “The Question of the Brain Drain from the Philippines,” International Migration Review (Spring 1976) X (1): 63-72.
  • “Urbanization in the Philippines: Historical and Comparative Perspectives,” Papers of the East-West Center Population Institute, No. 40 (Honolulu: East-West Center, December 1976).
  • Urbanization, Population Growth, and Economic Development in the Philippines, University of California, Berkeley (Westport, Connecticut and London: Greenwood Press, 1977), 213 p.
  • “An Empirical Model of Individual and Household Migration Choice: Philippines, 1965-1973,” Philippine Economic Journal, (1978) XVII (1 and 2): 259-284.
  • “On the Relationship between Migration and Fertility,” Philippine Review of Economics and Business, (September/December 1981) VIII (3 and 4):192-202.
  • The Spatial and Urban Dimensions of Development in the Philippines, (with C.W. Paderanga, Jr., V.P. Hermoso and Associates), (Manila: Philippine Institute for Development Studies, 1983), 344 p.
  • “An Economic and Social Impact Analysis of Small Industry Promotion: A Philippine Experience,” (with J.M. Pernia), World Development (May 1986) 14 (5): 637-65l.
  • “Factors Influencing the Choice of Location: Local and Foreign Firms in the Philippines,” (with A.N. Herrin) Regional Studies (1987) 21 (6): 531-541.
  • Urbanization and Urban Policies in Pacific Asia, (with R.J. Fuchs and G.W. Jones, eds.), (Boulder and London: Westview Press, 1987), 370 p.
  • The Economic Impact of Demographic Change in Thailand, 1980-2015, (with B.O. Campbell and A. Mason, eds.), (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1993), 240 p.
  • Urban Poverty in Asia: A Survey of Critical Issues, (ed.), (New York and Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 1994), 305 p.
  • Spatial Development, Land Use, and Urban-Rural Growth Linkages in the Philippines, (with A. M. Balisacan and F. M. Medalla), (Manila: National Economic and Development Authority, 1994), 148 p.
  • “The Economic Impact of Demographic Change in Thailand, 1980-2015: An Application of the HOMES Household Forecasting Model,” (with P. F. Bell, B. O. Campbell, and A. Mason), Journal of Asian Studies, (1995) 54 (2).
  • “Poverty in Developing Countries,” (with M. G. Quibria), in E. S. Mills and P. Cheshire (eds.), Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics, Vol. 3 (Amsterdam: North Holland and Elsevier, 1999), pp. 1865-1934.
  • “Social Consequences of the Financial Crisis in Asia,” (with J. C. Knowles and M. Racelis), Economic Staff Papers No. 60, Asian Development Bank (November 1999).
  • “What is Pro-Poor Growth?,” (with N. Kakwani), Asian Development Review (2000) 18 (3): 1-16.
  • “Trade Openness and Regional Development in a Developing Country,” (with P. F.  Quising) Annals of Regional Science (2003) 37: 391-406.
  • Poverty, Growth, and Institutions in Developing Asia, (with A. B. Deolalikar, eds.), (London and Tokyo: Palgrave Macmillan. 2003), 332 p.
  • “Revisiting Growth and Poverty Reduction in Indonesia,” (with A. Balisacan and A. Asra), Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies (2003) 39: 329-351.
  • “Investment Climate, Productivity, and Regional Development in a Developing Country,” (with J. M. Ian S. Salas), Asian Development Review (2006) 23 (2): 70-89.
  • “Is labor export good development policy?,” The Philippine Review of Economics (2011) XLVIII (1): 13-34.

View the CV here.