About Per SE

Commentary and research on current events and public policy by economists from the University of the Philippines
Author archive for Ramon L Clarete

A blow to UP’s honor

We deplore in the strongest terms the violence perpetrated last Wednesday, September 17, by a group of protesters against Secretary Florencio B. Abad outside the U.P. School of Economics auditorium.

The role of science, technology and research in economic development

[with Ammielou Gaduena and Adrian Mendoza] Technological innovation and economic growth are interactive and mutually reinforcing. To have a fighting chance in the Asean Economic Community competition, the Philippines needs to appreciably ramp up investment spending in science, engineering, and research and development.

Welcome remarks 2013

Through integrity, we gain respect and higher levels of respect from the rest of society. By getting just what belongs to you, you can produce the greatest wealth you can accumulate: your good name in society.

Population, poverty, politics and the Reproductive Health bill

The population issue has long been dead and buried in developed and most developing countries, including historically Catholic countries. That it continues to be debated heatedly in our country merely testifies to the lack of progress in policy and action. The Catholic Church hierarchy has maintained its traditional stance against modern family planning (FP) methods,...