FEF Fellows’ Studies and Discussion Papers

  1. The Political Economy of Reform during the Ramos Administration (1992-1998) by Romeo Bernardo and Christine Tang (2008). Commission on Growth and Development Working Paper No. 39. This paper is one of several case studies prepared for the World Bank. It concentrated on three specific sector reforms during the Ramos administration that demonstrate the elements of successful reform processes.
  2. Spotlighting on High Economic Growth, Employment of the Poor, and Poverty Reduction: A Three-Pronged Approach by Dr. Gerardo Sicat (July 2010) A three-pronged strategy to deal with the Philippine under-performance in economic growth, generate more employment especially among the poor and to reduce poverty is suggested. The strategy consists of: (1) raising the volume of targeted subsidies to assist very poor families; (2) amending the restrictive economic provisions from the constitution ; and (3) establishing special labor employment zones.
  3. Built on Dreams, Grounded on Reality: Economic Policy Reform in the Philippines by Raul Fabella, Enrico Basilio, Calixto Chikiamco, Karl Kendrick Chua et al.(2011) This volume of case studies on Philippine economic policy reform contributes to the discourse on institutional change a better understanding of how human actors engender change. The cases trace the political battles involved in five successful and two unsuccess reform efforts.
  4. Managing Reforms for Development: Political Economy of Reforms and Policy-Based Lending Case Studies by George Abonyi, Richard Bolt, Ron Duncan, Romeo Bernardo and Christine Tang (January 2013) The purpose of the case studies is to highlight applications of earlier ADB operations experience in Southeast Asia and, more recently, evaluations of ADB’s support for reforms in the Pacific. Chapter 2 provides a case study of the “EVAT” reform process in the Philippines, using the political economy framework.
  5. Political Dynasties and Poverty: Resolving the ‘Chicken or the Egg’ Question by Dr. Ron Mendoza, et al(July 2013) Results of the study show that  poverty entrenches political dynasties; education appears to have no bearing on political dynasties; and the media affect only the largest political dynasties. There is less evidence that political dynasties bring about poverty. Visit this link for the powerpoint.
  6. A Sensible Debt Management Strategy by Victor A. Abola (October 2013) In this paper, Professor Abola argues for domestic financing relative to borrowing abroad. He lays out a case for an aggressive debt buyback to make the currency more competitive.
  7. CARP: Time to Let Go by Dr. Raul Fabella  (February 2014) The paper argues for the return of the market in rural production: let productive farmers legally cultivate 10 or more hectares as the market dictates; let PSE-registered firms legally operate agro-industrial farms without land ceiling. Poverty reduction requires the shift of resources and manpower from informal to formal sectors. CARP has done the opposite.
  8. WBF Special Report on Constitutional Change (February 2014) and ChaCha Presentation by Peter L. Wallace made during the 18 February 2014 hearing of the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments. The report and presentation provide arguments and evidences on why we need to change the restrictive economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution.
  9. Tap Secrets: The Manila Water Story by Virgilio C. Rivera (July 2014) This book tells the story of the Manila Water’s transformation that is anchored on tapping the unlimited potential of underappreciated corporate resources.
  10. Labor Policy Analysis for Jobs Expansion and Development  by Vicente Paqueo, Aniceto Orbeta, Leonardo Lanzona and Dean Dulay (July 2014) This study proposes a 12-point agenda,conveniently referred to as the Jobs Expansion and Development Initiative (JEDI) for poverty reduction.
  11. Cesar Virata: Life and Times Through Four Decades of Philippine Economic History by Dr. Gerardo Sicat (2014). Through the lens of this biography, Gerardo Sicat reexamines four decades of Philippine economic history from the 1960s to the 1990s, their complexities, their circumstances, and their context. Copy of this book is available at the Yuchengco Museum.
  12. Mining Policy Brief by John Forbes, et al. (September 2014). This policy brief provides an overview of the mining industry and obstacles to its further development, along with eight (8) recommendations that should be considered by Philippine policy makers.
  13. Philippine Economic Update: Making Growth Work for the Poor by Karl Kendrick Chua, et al. (January 2015). The World Bank expects the Philippine economy to grow at 6.5 percent in 2015 and 2016 despite a weak global economy. Sustaining this level of high growth and making it inclusive over the long term will enable the country to eradicate poverty and boost shared prosperity within a generation.
  14. Five Arrows for Inclusive Growth by Calixto V. Chikiamco (August 2015). Speech and Presentation during the 3 August 2015 Forum on Aquino’s last mile: Ramping up and sustaining ‘Daang Matuwid’ at the AIM Conference Center Makati City.
  15. Unintended Consequences: The Folly of Uncritical Thinking Edited by Vicente Paqueo, Aniceto Orbeta, and Gilberto Llanto. The topics covered in this book range from daily concerns like traffic, food, salary, rent to larger industry and environmental concerns like overfishing and logging. The book also tackles controversial topics like sex education, the minimum wage, conditional cash transfer, and unemployment.

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