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Monthly archive June 2011

2011 budget — a fresh start

In his veto message, President Benigno Aquino III triumphantly said: “For the first time in over a decade, we have a budget passed on time.” It’s an achievement worth celebrating but only because the previous Arroyo administration had wantonly disregarded all existing budget rules. During the past nine fiscal years, not a single national budget...

Contagious migration: evidence from the Philippines

Outward migration data from the Philippines exhibit spatial clustering. This is likely due to information spillover effects-­‐fellow migrants share information with other neighboring migrants, thereby lowering the costs of migration.