Gerardo P. Sicat
Gerardo P. Sicat
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Across the decades: Economic development of the Philippine and Hong Kong
by Gerardo P. Sicat - December 4, 2019 - 12:00am
The sustained economic rise of Hong Kong under British colonial rule is one of the most remarkable stories in recorded economic development.
Hong Kong and the Philippines: Historical perspective on political freedom and economic development
by Gerardo P. Sicat - November 27, 2019 - 12:00am
This week, through the ballot and a local election that appears to resemble the mid-year local elections in our country, Hong Kong made a powerful statement to its central government.
The importance of being Ernest
by Gerardo P. Sicat - November 20, 2019 - 12:00am
I borrow a title from Oscar Wilde to discuss a different but significant issue, economic nation-building.
How the industrial import substitution policy became more entrenched – The Magsaysay years
by Gerardo P. Sicat - November 13, 2019 - 12:00am
When Ramon Magsaysay was elected president in 1954, the country was already in the midst of import and exchange controls.
Sin tax on salty foods
by Gerardo P. Sicat - November 6, 2019 - 12:00am
In the news lately is a Department of Health proposal to impose a tax on salty products for public health reasons.
Foundation for Economic Freedom and economic policy reform
by Gerardo P. Sicat - October 30, 2019 - 12:00am
I was at the launch of a book made from selected writings of five economists associated with the Foundation for Economic Freedom.
Factors that still afflict us in a growing economy
by Gerardo P. Sicat - October 23, 2019 - 12:00am
Last week, my focus was to assert optimism about a rising Philippine economy.
The Philippine economy rising
by Gerardo P. Sicat - October 16, 2019 - 12:00am
Over the weekend, I was in receipt of a book that was published last year, titled “The Philippine economy: No longer an East Asian Experience?”
Navigating long life, or the octogenarian decade
by Gerardo P. Sicat - October 9, 2019 - 12:00am
One of my grandchildren asked me the ultimate question during a recent family gathering to honor my many years:
The transnational education law – a response to globalization
by Gerardo P. Sicat - October 2, 2019 - 12:00am
Foreign institutions of higher education are now allowed to set up educational services in partnerships with local universities in the country under the Transnational Higher Education Act (Republic Act 1148).
Globalization and its challenges
by Gerardo P. Sicat - September 25, 2019 - 12:00am
Last week, the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) sponsored a conference, held at the Sofitel Hotel in Manila, on the “new” globalization and the national programs of action to face its...
Crude oil prices to rise: The attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil plants
by Gerardo P. Sicat - September 18, 2019 - 12:00am
Crude oil supplies – still a major fuel for the world’s economy despite efforts to diversify away from it – are again in uncertain territory.
Colonial economic and social development, 1898-1941
by Gerardo P. Sicat - September 11, 2019 - 12:00am
We explore more aspects of Philippine economic history during the American colonial period (1898 to 1941, inclusive).
National interest versus world welfare
by Gerardo P. Sicat - September 4, 2019 - 12:00am
There is a saying. “All politics is local.” Hence, national policies are an expression of local policies.
Rainforests and the Amazon: Economic development and the environment
by Gerardo P. Sicat - August 28, 2019 - 12:00am
The news of the week for environment watchers is the extensive Amazon fires. Burning forest lands in Brazil flashed across TV and has raised alarmed commentaries about global warming.
Prices of our favorite local fruits have become more expensive
by Gerardo P. Sicat - August 21, 2019 - 12:00am
There is a price phenomenon about native fruits in the food basket. Why have our favorite local fruits become much more expensive?
GDP growth 2019 – factors to consider
by Gerardo P. Sicat - August 14, 2019 - 12:00am
Last week, the national income estimates for the first semester were released. The growth rate of output or GDP was 5.5 percent based on year-on-year estimates.
Employment and activity in the informal economy
by Gerardo P. Sicat - August 7, 2019 - 12:00am
In last week’s column, I wrote about the inability of many workers to find employment in the modern (otherwise often called, “organized” or “formal”) economy where the good jobs are...
Veto of the SOT: Promoting good jobs in the modern sector
by Gerardo P. Sicat - July 31, 2019 - 12:00am
President Duterte vetoed the “security of tenure” (SOT) bill, bravely and for good reasons last week.
Toward an investment-driven growth
by Gerardo P. Sicat - July 24, 2019 - 12:00am
Instead of commenting on the President’s fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) delivered yesterday, I will discuss the Philippine economy’s long-term performance.
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