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UPSE ADVISORY: Non-Entrance to the SE Library and Encarnacion Hall for the BAR Examination on 3-7, February 2022

The School of Economics is one of the testing center in UP Diliman Campus for the BAR 2020/21 Examinations on February 4 (Friday) and 6 (Sunday), 2022.

In view of this, please be informed that ONLY authorized BAR Personnel, volunteers and examinees will be allowed to enter the building premises (SE Library and Encarnacion Hall) on February 3-7, 2022. Other dates included are allotted for the sanitation/disinfection of the testing venue prior to and after the use. Access to the other parts of the buildings such as offices, faculty rooms, parking areas will also be prohibited.

BSP-UP Professorial Chair Lecture: How Has the COVID19 Crisis Elevated Risks in the Philippines?

BSP-UP Professorial Chair Lecture by Dr. Renato E. Reside Jr. on Thursday, November 18, 2021, 3:00 PM via Zoom about “How Has the COVID19 Crisis Elevated Risks in the Philippines?”

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Habemus Decanum!


Dean Ma. Joy V. Abrenica is a sterling product of the School’s own doctoral program, which she attended after graduating Magna cum laude from De la Salle University with bachelor’s degrees (BS Economics and BS Commerce, major in accounting) and placing 6th in the CPA exam of 1987.

She is both a well-loved teacher and mentor to many generations of students, and a renowned scholar with diverse areas of expertise including international economics, the economics of technological change, competition policy, and industrial organization.

In recognition of her outstanding scholarship from early on, she was named Outstanding Young Scientist by the National Academy of Science and Technology in 2004.

She has contributed her expertise beyond the academe and made seminal contributions to legislation leading to the Philippine Competition Act of 2015, the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act of 2016, and the drafting of the DTI’s Export Development Plan. She was also designated amicus curiae by the Supreme Court in January 2014 in cases involving electricity prices.

Dean Abrenica has extensive administrative experience within UPSE and within the larger University itself.

For the past six years, she has served as Department Chair, immediately prior to her appointment as Dean. She has also served as Director for Finance and as Director for Graduate Admissions and Fellowships at UPSE.

At UPD, she is a member of the Curriculum Committee, the Committee on Faculty Development, Conduct, and Welfare and is Chair of the Management and Economics Cluster of UPD General Education Committee.

At the System level, she is a member of the evaluation and monitoring committee of the Emerging Interdisciplinary Research Program under the UP Vice President for Academic Affairs.

In her vision statement, Dean Joy identifies four main strategic thrusts for SE: reaffirming SE’s commitment to academic excellence, revitalizing public service, harnessing internal resources, and building trust.

Her character and experience make us confident that she understands the challenges that lie ahead for the College, and that she can inspire us and muster our cooperation to deliver the kind of leadership required of the Dean of the School of Economics in the years ahead.

UPSE mourns passing of former President Ninoy Aquino


Book on Securing a Continuum of Care: The Challenges of a Fragmented Health Sector Launched

Securing a Continuum of Care

Last June 18, UP Press launched the book “Securing a Continuum of Care: The Challenges of a Fragmented Health Sector”. Among the editors are Dr. Orville Solon and Dr. Alex Herrin of UPSE. Grab your copy from UP Press:

BSP-UP Professorial Chair Lecture: The Impact of Increasing Pension Assets on Cross-Country Growth: Panel Estimates

BSP-UP Professorial Chair Lecture by Dr. Renato E. Reside, Jr. on Friday, April 23, 2021, 4:00 PM via Zoom about “The Impact of Increasing Pension Assets on Cross-Country Growth: Panel Estimates”

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BSP-UP Professorial Chair Lecture: Bank Characteristics, Monetary Policy, and the Supply of Credit

BSP-UP Professorial Chair Lecture by Dr. Maria Socorro G. Bautista on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 4:00 PM via Zoom about “Bank Characteristics, Monetary Policy, and the Supply of Credit”

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UPSEAA #StayatHomecoming 2020

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#StayatHomecoming 2020

Are you ready to be part of history?

Join our first ever virtual UPSEAA #StayatHomecoming on December 19, 2020 Saturday at 8pm

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Gwendolyn R. Tecson (1946-2020)


Gwendolyn R. Tecson, a lifelong academic who devoted her life to teaching and research as faculty member of the U.P. School of Economics, passed on Sunday, 6 December 2020. She joined the School as instructor in 1971 and retired as full professor in 2011, subsequently being appointed professor emeritus. She served the School in various administrative capacities, including director for public affairs, chair of the undergraduate committee, and later department chair. Her students remember Professor Tecson for her lucid teaching and her empathy for students, though these never diluted her insistence on excellence and academic integrity.

Gwen Tecson was an early product of the School’s master’s program, part of a class that included many who would make their own mark in academe, government service, or the private sector. Among her classmates were Ruperto Alonzo, Armando Armas, Amelia Capistrano, Federico Macaranas, and Victor Valdepeñas. Gwen took her undergraduate degree from Saint Theresa’s College, which honored her with its Teresa’s Light Award for Education in 2019. After her M.A. from U.P. she completed her PhD at Hitotsubashi University under the renowned Ippei Yamazawa, becoming the first Filipino to complete an economics doctorate from Japan. She was fluent in Japanese and French.

Professor Tecson’s main line of research was international trade and industrial economics. She was an important member of the group that published two highly influential works that at the time were the most extensive and authoritative studies of the country’s system of industrial incentives. The first [Bautista, Power, Tecson, et al. 1979] covered the 1970s and showed how the structure of protection in the 1970s had not significantly changed since the 1960s. The second [Medalla, Tecson, et al.2 vols. 1995] documented improvements following the liberalization of the 1980s and, at the same time, warned of their partial reversal. Apart from trade, Professor Tecson studied the development role of small and medium scale industries and was interested in the peculiar trends of Japanese foreign direct investment in the Philippines.

Gwen was a meticulous and thorough researcher with an eye for detail. She was one of the few practitioners doing industry- and firm-level studies to regularly include interviews of firm-owners and practitioners aside from simply relying on statistics and desk research. She conducted research focused particularly on the automotive and electronics industries. Together with a Japanese sociologist professor and friend, she made many trips to Sta. Rosa, Laguna, for example, to interview workers in car assembly plants.

Gwen never wore her faith on her sleeve but lived it fully. She was a devoted member of Notre Dame de Vie, a Catholic secular institute, originally founded in France, whose main formation center in the Philippines is at Encanto, Angat in Bulacan. It was there that Gwen spent her last few years.

She will be deeply missed by colleagues, friends, and students alike.

Bautista, R., J. Power, G. Tecson et al. [1979] Industrial promotion policies in the Philippines. Makati: Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
Medalla, E., G. Tecson et al. [1995] Catching up with Asia’s tigers. 2 vols. Makati: Philippine Institute for Development Studies.

Ayala-UPSE Webinar

ACUPSE 1 (2020) Impact of The Land Use Bill v06

UPSE and the Ayala Center will hold a Webinar Forum entitled: “Impact of the National Land Use Plan: Getting the Act Together” on December 4 (Friday) 2PM (see attached poster). Speakers include Dr. Art Corpuz of the Ayala Group and Dr. Hussein Sinsuat “Tho” Lidasan, Dean of the UP School of Urban and Regional Planning (SURP). Reactors include former UPSE Professor and current Representative Stella Quimbo of Marikina, UPSE alumnus and current Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Chua, and Mr. Noel Cariño, National President of CREBA.

Please register for this Forum using the Zoom link below:

Ayala-UPSE Webinar Registration