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Complexities at the intersection of tobacco control and trade liberalisation: evidence from Southeast Asia

Abstract For more than two decades, public health scholars and proponents have demonstrated concern about the negative effects of trade liberalisation on tobacco control policies. However, there is little theoretically-guided, empirical research across time and space that evaluates this relationship. Accordingly, we use one major region that has experienced rapid and significant recent liberalisation, Southeast […]

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.