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Commentary and research on current events and public policy by economists from the University of the Philippines
Monthly archive February 2019

Hidden violations of competitive neutrality

A rule or law may be de jure neutral but may be de facto nonneutral, that is, enforced in a nonneutral manner by the biased enforcement of the law.

Applause for the rice tariffication law

Kudos to President Duterte and to Congress. I mean it, Reader.

The uncleaning of Manila Bay — historical background

The recent public outcry and demand for the cleanup of Manila Bay is the result of decades of continued deterioration of the environmental health of Metro Manila and its bay since after the Second World War.

Duterte’s abuse of power

Get real Philippine Daily Inquirer, 16 February 2019   Last week’s column described how President Duterte unleashed, or caused to be unleashed, the full powers of government against one woman—Sen. Leila de Lima—which has resulted in her being incarcerated for two years now, while embroiled in legal battles (three, so far), fighting charges that can...

Economic integration in East Asia — the long view

Current disruptions that happen as a consequence of the US-China trade war or Brexit will not deter the economic integration that is happening within East Asia and ASEAN.

The shameful persecution of Leila de Lima

On Feb. 25, we will be celebrating the 33rd anniversary of the Edsa People Power Revolt that bloodlessly and peacefully toppled the Marcos dictatorship. The whole world—which, thanks to TV, was watching—was unanimously in praise of the efforts of the Filipino people.

Henry Sy: how innovative retailing for the masses built a business empire

On his passing just a fortnight ago, Henry Sy was the richest Filipino on the Forbes list of world billionaires. He started selling shoes to the masses and made it big into many directions of business.

Implement, not further amend, the law

Reader, I’ve been doing more research into the issue of lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility (MACR) to 12 years and one day of age.

Iconic Filipinos: Jaime C. Laya and Jose Y. Dalisay, Jr.

Two Filipinos of great renown celebrated personal milestones in January this year. Their careers flowered as professors at the University of the Philippines at different times.