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Influencing physician prescribing behavior: direct-to- consumer advertising and the demand for me-too drugs

ABSTRACT This study examines the variables that may influence physicians’ choices of medication for their patients and the effect of the entry of me-too drugs on the market of breakthrough and generic drugs. Using the 2006 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS), drugs belonging to the drug classes statin, cardioselective beta blockers, proton pump inhibitors […]

Philippine Fiscal Incentives: A Note on Design, Administration, and Context

The main idea of this paper on Philippine Fiscal Incentives written by Cristina Morales-Alikpala, is that while fiscal incentives, in their current design, administration, and context, may have proven to be of little value when it comes to encouraging investments, the notion of providing effective subsidies to worthy investors should not altogether be abandoned.

Undermining abundance

Technology and law are increasingly used to undermine processes of abundance intrinsic to nature, agriculture and the information sector. A number of examples are reviewed here. Such counterproductive use of technology and law is traced to corporate profitseeking. The relationships between the phenomenon of abundance and the related concepts of scarcity and commons are explored. Finally, approaches are proposed that harness abundance for the human good.

Migration and remittances have positive impact on gender equality in the Philippines

The study “Gender, Remittances and Local Rural Development: The case of Filipino migration to Italy”, assesses the impact of remittances sent by Filipino migrants in Italy for promoting gender-sensitive local rural community development in the Philippines and supports capacity-building activities with migrant associations to improve the living conditions of Filipino migrants in Italy. (Download the study here).