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

Philippine economy: the Golidlocks scenario

Speaking before the Wallace Business Forum recently, BSP Governor Banjamin Diokno said that the economy is in the Goldilocks phase.

Lessons to learn from the HK Chinese

What can we learn from the Hong Kong Chinese in so far as the handling of mainland China’s designs on them?

India’s economic growth and the Philippines compared

Comparisons with other countries enable us to see ourselves in a fresh light. We get to understand and appreciate our problems and strengths in perspective.

Why are we so craven?

It’s really an open invitation for China to do whatever it wants with us, and we will welcome whatever it dishes out.

The wisdom of the great unwashed

Did they give the prim and proper of the Philippines a lesson in discernment? Only time will tell.

Mexico and the Philippines: economic relations with the US compared

Of all countries that I often cite about missing many economic opportunities in the past, Mexico comes close to being in our image.

There’s ‘growth’, then there’s growth

What is not at issue is that a society failing to make progress in height — or worse, retrogressing in stature like the Philippines “cannot be in a wholesome state” and is failing to address serious problems of nutrition, disease, and poverty.

Graduating class, 2019: national and global dimension

The graduates represent the product of the educational system. They symbolize the quality of the future yet to be experienced. Will it be bright?