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Prof. Ronald Mendoza Chosen as Outstanding Young Scientist

Posted: 2012-07-12



Dr. Ronald U. Mendoza, executive director of the AIM Policy Center and associate professor of economics, brings honor and prestige to AIM with his recognition as one of the 2012 Outstanding Young Scientist (OYS) awardees. The National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) cited Prof. Mendoza’s outstanding contributions in the field of Economics.

Prof. Mendoza said he is grateful to the NAST for recognizing AIM’s contributions to economic policy research. “I am deeply honored to be among such a distinguished group of recipients. That our country validates and supports our young scientists is a strong signal of the importance of evidence-based policymaking and the critical role of R&D in boosting our economic development,” he said.

The Institute welcomes Prof. Mendoza’s award with much pride. President Edilberto de Jesús noted, “The recognition of the number and quality of Prof. Mendoza’s research publications raises the bar for professional excellence. As the Executive Director of AIM’s Policy Center, Prof. Mendoza has led his staff and faculty colleagues in illuminating the nexus between business and development to address more effectively the issues of persistent poverty and the imperative of inclusive growth. Through the work of Prof. Mendoza and his colleagues, AIM seeks to contribute towards promoting research of academic rigor that is relevant to the development of the country and the region.”

Prof. Mendoza joined AIM in 2011. He is a senior economist with extensive research and experience in development policy, international economics, and public finance. He spent nearly a decade with the United Nationsin New York, working on international development policy issues, first as an economist with the UN Development Programme and later with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). He also conducted research with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Economist Intelligence Unit, and NGOs in the Philippines.

He has an extensive research and publications record, and continues to conduct empirical research on the broad portfolio of inclusive growth. He is the co-editor and contributing author of the books Children in Crisis: Seeking Child-Sensitive Policy Responses (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012), Providing Global Public Goods: Managing Globalization (Oxford University Press, 2003), and The New Public Finance: Responding to Global Challenges (Oxford University Press, 2006). He has published articles in peer-reviewed economics and policy journals, including the Economic Journal of the Royal Economic Society, Journal of International Development, Development Policy Review, Global Economy Journal, Journal of Asian Economics, CESifo Economic Studies, Global Economy Journal, Emerging Markets Review, Singapore Economic Review, Journal of World Business, World Economics and Global Policy.


Prof. Mendoza holds a Master in Public Administration and International Development from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, an MA and PhD in Economics from Fordham University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics (Honors Program) from Ateneo de Manila University.

He joins the ranks of past OSY awardees, including Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Dr. Arsenio Balisacan, former Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Dr. Dante Canlas, and Dr. Emmanuel de Dios.

The NAST confers the OYS Awards to young Filipino scientists who have made significant contributions to various fields in science and technology (ex. agricultural sciences, biological sciences, chemical, mathematical and physical sciences, engineering sciences and technology, health sciences, and the social sciences). This year, NAST will recognize 10 outstanding young Filipino scientists during awarding ceremonies at the Manila Hotel on July 12, 2012.

NAST gives the awards on the merit of “(1) quality and number of scientific works and publications; (2) contributions to advances in general and to science in the Philippines, in particular, and (3) contributions to the well-being of Philippine economy and culture.”








"That our country validates and supports our young scientists is a strong signal of the importance of evidence-based policy-making and the critical role of R&D in boosting our economic development”

I have to agree with this type of approach to policy-making. It's too bad more countries don't follow this approach.

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