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Commentary and research on current events and public policy by economists from the University of the Philippines
Monthly archive June 2018

Effort, opportunity and the standard of success: a commencement address.

In the final accounting, though, we might say at least that we have done our best in those moments when we were challenged or have avoided the worst possible outcomes.

Trade war: Consequences on nations

With US metal tariffs taking effect in July, some steel exporting countries are already set with their equivalent direct retaliation against the US.

Opportunity and danger: trade war and summit

A contradiction of opportunity and danger summarizes three major current events that are shaping the geopolitical and international trade scenario. All of these measures are related to actions initiated by President Trump as he tries to advance his economic and political agenda on the world scene.

Strong leader as miracle worker: Deng Xiaoping drilled down

In the early 1980s, the battle for the hearts and minds of China was raging between the Deng Xiaoping partisans who shared his vision of a market and an open economy and the Chen Yun partisans who clung to a planned and closed economy.

The minimum wage and economic progress

Unrealistic or excessive demands concerning minimum wage could escalate into unproductive outcomes for all involved. Unfortunately, in our present case, where the good jobs are less plentiful in relation to all the workers seeking to fill them, the imposition of high minimum wages will only cause loss of jobs for many workers.

Shame on you, BI

Sister Pat Fox speaks Filipino more fluently than I can. The Bureau of Immigration is adamant that she violated the terms of her missionary visa, and has refused with finality her request for reconsideration.

Will you fight for our country?

To Readers who say, “We pray all the time,” I say, “Bravo,” but prayer is not enough. As the saying goes, “Pray as if everything depends on God, and work as if everything depends on you.”