Emmanuel J. Lopez
Emmanuel J. Lopez

Emmanuel J. Lopez, Ph.D. is an associate professor at the University of Santo Tomas and the chair of its Department of Economics. He writes for Philstar.com as a regular contributor to the Business section, providing expert insights, explainers and analysis on the field.

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Commentary: Budget priorities to fuel development
by Emmanuel J. Lopez - December 8, 2016 - 12:42pm
An economist's rough list of what the Philippine government has to focus on in pursuing a development thrust.
Commentary: Trump and the Philippine economy
by Emmanuel J. Lopez - November 11, 2016 - 2:53pm
Suddenly, the world is in a feverish mood with the coming rule of Donald Trump as the president of the most powerful nation of the world.
Commentary: Economic growth is within reach
by Emmanuel J. Lopez - November 7, 2016 - 3:59pm
What was perceived as a rather volatile economy as yearned by a “loud” marginal sector has turned out to be more progressive and stable than it was supposed to be.
Commentary: Shift from global trade competition to diplomacy
by Emmanuel J. Lopez - October 10, 2016 - 3:19pm
That the depreciation of the peso will negatively affect the local economy is both a myth and fact. 
Commentary: Countryside measures a must for trickle-down growth
by Emmanuel J. Lopez - September 30, 2016 - 5:37pm
To fully maximize gains from growth, however, investments should pump development in the countryside where unemployment persists.
Commentary: Japan's slowdown and its impact on Philippines
by Emmanuel J. Lopez - September 28, 2016 - 4:30pm
Japan had been dubbed as the strongest economy not only in Asia, but in the world. It was an observation well accepted until recently when Japan's economy encountered a mild crunch.
Commentary: Duterte's style reminiscent of Lee Kuan Yew's
by Emmanuel J. Lopez - September 13, 2016 - 4:04pm
The administrative move to pave the way for a smooth economy should be likened to the strategy of Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore when he initially rid the country of graft and corruption.
Hot money: A worthy economic indicator
by Emmanuel J. Lopez - August 26, 2016 - 5:20pm
"What makes the recent splurge of hot money in the financial market more notable is the fact that July and August are traditionally considered  “dry months” in business transactions."
Understanding inflation: Price increase in context
by Emmanuel J. Lopez - August 11, 2016 - 2:08pm
"Since money as a medium of exchange was invented in 600 BC, the trend has ever been increasing prices."
Commentary: The Duterte administration's biggest hurdle
by Emmanuel J. Lopez - July 18, 2016 - 4:24pm
To achieve a societal turnaround from the ruthless state of our decaying society, the government must overcome its biggest hurdle.
Breaking down Britain's exit vote: Local implications
by Emmanuel J. Lopez - July 8, 2016 - 2:43pm
The European Union ranked as the Philippines's fourth largest trading partner, while the Philippines has remained the bloc's sixth biggest trading partner in Southeast Asia. What can be the impact of Britain's vote...
Commentary: 10-point economic agenda right on track
by Emmanuel J. Lopez - July 5, 2016 - 1:07pm
This administration’s agenda lacks the usual motherhood statements that characterized those of previous governments. Here’s how I view them:
Commentary: Philippine economy set to outpace China's
by Emmanuel J. Lopez - June 24, 2016 - 4:51pm
"The slowly fading export-oriented nature of the Chinese economy, if left unchecked, may spell a disaster of unimaginable proportions."
Duterte administration: An economic prognosis
by Emmanuel J. Lopez - June 17, 2016 - 3:59pm
Is this a tell-tale sign of an economy on its way to a tiger status? Does it indicate that the Philippines will achieve a higher economic position that complements investment rating upgrades the past few years?...
On Duterte's radical leadership and why the critical collaboration of Congress is needed
by Emmanuel J. Lopez - June 9, 2016 - 7:44pm
"With the incoming administration poised to implement a radical leadership approach, we hope to see a legislative department applying critical collaboration with the executive branch."
Contractualization: Pros and cons
by Emmanuel J. Lopez - May 27, 2016 - 4:49pm
One of the ticklish issues that will confront the Duterte administration is the continued existence or demise of job contractualization. Is it good or bad for the economy?
Commentary: Duterte’s economic agenda
by Emmanuel J. Lopez - May 19, 2016 - 3:23pm
It's all systems go as far as presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte’s economic agenda is concerned. Will the Philippines be another Singapore in the making?
Duterte's Day 1: Can he deliver on his promises?
by Emmanuel J. Lopez - May 14, 2016 - 10:14pm
The first order of the day for the elected president is to put the house in order by accomplishing promises that will evidently make his presence felt.
Commentary: Economic prospects under the new president
by Emmanuel J. Lopez - May 3, 2016 - 10:54pm
The pressure is on for the incoming president.
The next leader should be…
by Emmanuel J. Lopez - April 29, 2016 - 12:36am
With more than 101 million people, the challenge to the new leader does not end in seeing that everyone gets the right attention and care. More than that should be the nation’s capability to sustain its populace...
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