About Per SE

Commentary and research on current events and public policy by economists from the University of the Philippines
Monthly archive February 2014

Did the President usurp Congress’ power?

Twenty-eight years after EDSA 1, our national leaders have yet to learn to uphold and protect the 1987 Constitution. Many do so only when it is convenient, but boldly ignore it when inconvenient.

Green shoots

The Philippine economy grew at 6.6% in Q4 2013 despite the ravages of Yolanda, and the overall growth for the year averaged a rapid 7% for 2013. While this is a reason for celebration, I wanted to look beyond "rapid" having in the past celebrated episodes of rapid growth which promptly collapsed.

A country like any other, Chs. 9-10

Chapter 9: This is not Israel -- Part I

Chapter 10: This is not Israel -- Part II

A country like any other, Chs. 7-8

Chapter 7. On Language

Chapter 8. Among Jews

The jury is still out

Senator Tito Sotto’s proposal to reinstitute the death penalty is premised on his claim that the crime rate in the Philippines has increased. That apparently is inaccurate, at least concerning the heinous crimes for which the death penalty is proposed

Rice smuggling, corruption, protectionism – almost the same thing!

Rampant rice smuggling provides the headline news of the day. This is tied up with the concern for rising food prices, the problem of continued corruption at Customs, and the country’s deficiency in food production.

Fudging the budget rules

Budget rules do affect fiscal outcomes. The abuses and misuses of public funds arise when fiscal authorities and administrators try to circumvent the strict budget rules.

A country like any other, Chs. 5-6

Chapter 5: West Bank stories

Chapter 6: Refugees

Read and weep

The Philippine economy grew by 7.2 percent in 2013. Does this mean that we have finally gotten over the hump of slow growth and we can expect to continue at this pace over at least the medium term or to the end of P-Noy’s watch? Or is it just a fluke? Or even, are we...

A country like any other: Chs. 3-4

Chapter 3: Interactions

Chapter 4: Travelling in the Holy Land

A country like any other: Chs. 1-2

Chapter 1: Early Days

Chapter 2: The Other

A country like any other: Introduction

This book means to help anyone interested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict understand the experiences and perspectives of various groups within the two countries –their gaps and their intersections. My key objective is to share what I learned and to deepen the debate on Israel and Palestine.