Trade deficits and industry competitiveness

Yellow Pad By Rafaelita M. Aldaba Widening trade deficits are usually seen as a policy problem, and understanding the pattern and sources of the deficit is important to help us formulate the correct policy advice. From a macro perspective, deficits are explained partly by economic growth and changes in relative prices measured by real effective […]

Lux in Domino? II

Yellow Pad By Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III   “Lux in Domino?” (BusinessWorld, 14, April 2019, online version), I am happy to note, has stimulated a vigorous discussion, if not an earnest discussion. The issue is about how the Ateneo administration handled the indignation over the presence of Irene Marcos-Araneta in an art installation exhibit […]

Lux in Domino?

Yellow Pad By Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III   Irene Marcos-Araneta’s presence at the launch of the Areté Outdoor Installation Program on the Ateneo de Manila campus has created a tempest that will not pass calmly. The Ateneo Student Council (or the Sanggunian) issued a strongly worded “Indignation Statement against the Presence of Irene Marcos […]

Will the proposed reforms address the decline of political parties?

Yellow Pad By Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III My main message in “The Decline of Political Parties” (BusinessWorld, 1 April 2019) is that path dependence can explain how Philippine political parties have been emasculated. That is, our colonial history has determined the path of our political parties, and it will be difficult to reverse this. […]

The march for Women’s Health

Yellow Pad By Viviane Apostol and Carlos Jacinto   “There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women,” according to Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General. By breaking barriers in fields that were exclusive to men such as education and science, the pioneering efforts of women all over the world have led […]

Realizing universal health care through sin taxes

Yellow Pad By Joshua Uyheng   As May elections draw near, legislators are faced with the daunting task of reflecting upon — and marketing — their legacies. Two candidates of note are Senator Sonny Angara and Senator JV Ejercito, both of whom authored bills instituting universal health care in the Philippines. President Duterte signed Republic […]