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People power or dynasty power?

Posted: 2013-02-18
Category: Opinion

rappler.jpgSome 27 years after the "EDSA People Power Revolution" that toppled the Marcos dictatorship in 1986, clan politics continues to thrive in the Philippines.



Dissecting the vote on the RH bill

Posted: 2013-01-13
Category: Opinion

rappler.jpgOn Dec 12, 2012, the House of Representatives voted on HB 4244 (An Act Providing for a Comprehensive Policy on Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Population and Development). The draft bill advanced to the second reading by a very slim margin of 113 “ayes” to 104 “nayes.” Three solons abstained and 62 others did not cast their votes.


Daring greatly

Posted: 2013-01-04
Category: Opinion

rappler.jpgThe Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 (Republic Act No. 10354) is the result of at least over a decade of advocacy by those who would see Filipino families gain universal access to contraception methods, fertility control, sex education, and maternal care.


Institution and Economic Development, A Lecture of Prof. James Robinson

Posted: 2012-12-07
Category: Events

apcevents_institution-and-economic-devt_thumb.jpgThe AIM Policy Center, the public policy think tank of the Asian Institute of Management, in partnership with the World Bank, the Foundation for Economic Freedom and the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Group will host a Lecture on Institutions and Economic Development by James Robinson.


Forum on the Philippines, China and ASEAN Prospect

Posted: 2012-12-05
Category: Events

apcevents_forum-on-the-phil-china_thumb.jpgThe Asian Institute of Management will hold a public forum entitled "The Philippines, China and ASEAN: Prospects for Cooperation and Regional Public Goods in the South China Sea."



EPA First Workshop and IDRC Book Launching

Posted: 2012-12-03
Category: EPA Announcements

epa_downloadable.jpgLast November 2012, a shortlist of 20 research proposals was chosen for presentation in a two-day workshop.


Reducing Corruption will Increase Economic Freedom in the Philippines by James Roberts

Posted: 2012-11-26

apcnews_archive10-reducing-corruption_icon.jpgHeritage Foundation's lead expert in economic freedom and growth, James Roberts will give a talk on reduction of corruption and its relevance in increasing the economic freedom in the Philippines on September 17, 2012.


2012 State of Philippine Competitiveness

Posted: 2012-11-26

apcnews_archive08-state-of-ph_icon.jpgThis year marks the 16th year of the AIM Policy Center’s (APC) engagement as partner institute of the Switzerland-based International Institute for Management Development (IMD) for the World Competitiveness Yearbook (WCY).


AIM Policy Center’s Analysis of the 2012 World Competitiveness Rankings

Posted: 2012-11-26

This year’s results indicate a slight slippage for the country—from a ranking of 41 to 43 (out of 59 countries in the annual ranking study).

2012 World Competitiveness Rankings to be released on May 31

Posted: 2012-11-26

apcnews_archive03-world-competitiveness_icon.jpgThe International Institute for Management Development, in partnership with the AIM Policy Center and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, invite the members of the Philippine press for the release of the 2012 World Competitiveness Rankings.


Wall Street Journal Cites an AIM study

Posted: 2012-11-26

apcnews_archive02-wallstreet_icon.jpgThe Wall Street Journal mentions an AIM study on the impact of political dynasties on a country’s economy and poverty levels.



Do political dynasties make countries less democratic?

Posted: 2012-11-26
Political dynasties have persisted in democratic countries, as those with family political ties still make up about 6 percent of the members of Congress and up to 40 percent of the legislature in Mexico and the Philippines, UNICEF economist Ronald Mendoza notes in a new paper for VoxEU.

Mining is a Social Justice Issue

Posted: 2012-11-24
The mineral wealth of our country, as the mining industry reminds us, is “staggering” – about $840 billion.

Unleashing MSMEs as an Engine of Inclusive Growth

Posted: 2012-11-24

apcnews_archive01-unleashing_icon.jpgPrivate sector agents spanning micro, small and medium scale enterprises (MSMEs) to large corporations play a critical role in sustained job creation, innovation, and investment in many developing countries.


Dynasties in Democracies

Posted: 2012-10-31
Category: Events

apcevents_dynasties-in-democracies_thumb.jpgThe AIM Policy Center will hold a community forum on Political Dynasties in the Philippines on October 31, 2012.



Global Rebalancing 2.0

Posted: 2012-09-25
Category: Opinion

vox.jpgWhen the issue of global rebalancing first emerged, it was focused squarely on the trade imbalance between China and the US. However, the global economic turbulence of 2009-2010 and the subsequent economic fragility and uncertainty enveloping much of the global economy, has begun to underscore how broad this issue really is.


Reducing Corruption will Increase Economic Freedom in the Philippines

Posted: 2012-09-12
Category: Events

apcevents_reducing-corruption_thumb.jpgThe AIM Policy Center, the public policy think tank of the Asian Institute of Management, in partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines will host a presentation by James Roberts entitled, "Reducing Corruption will Increase Economic Freedom in the Philippines."


Land titling for inclusive growth

Posted: 2012-08-14
Category: Opinion

inquirer.jpgPromoting inclusive growth is the cornerstone of P-Noy’s development plan. Here’s a simple way to summarize the over-all effort. The “growth” part of the strategy is linked to the effort to boost infrastructure, improve economic competitiveness and drum-up private sector investments (e.g., PPPs or Public-Private Partnerships).


Prof. Ronald Mendoza Chosen as Outstanding Young Scientist

Posted: 2012-07-12

apcnews_archive09-prof-rum-chosen_icon.jpgDr. 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.


SPC Strengthening Public-Private Partnerships for Infrastructure Dev't and Regional Connectivity

Posted: 2012-06-14
Category: Events
This year’s results indicate a slight slippage for the country—from a ranking of 41 to 43 (out of 59 countries in the annual ranking study). In part, these results reflect data on the previous year’s economic performance, and so it still mirrors the challenges faced by the country in 2011.

South China Sea: The heavy price of conflict

Posted: 2012-05-01
Category: Opinion

rappler.jpgA series of events contributed to the escalation of tensions in the West Philippine Sea (or South China Sea depending on which beach you’re standing on), including the recent build-up of Chinese military hardware, Vietnam’s decision to pursue its oil and gas exploration in collaboration with the Indian company OGCC, and the Philippines’ recent joint military exercises with the United States. (photo source:

Dynasties in democracies: The political side of inequality

Posted: 2012-03-12
Category: Opinion

rappler.jpgThis column looks at political dynasties, where leadership is passed down through family ties, to see if these are a cause of the persistent social and economic divides. (photo source:


Mathematics and economic pie

Posted: 2012-02-29
Category: Opinion

rappler.jpgProf. Ron Mendoza talks about the proverbial “economic pie." (photo source:



Curing the ‘Bigger C’

Posted: 2012-01-24
Category: Opinion

inquirer.jpgIn this article, I refer to cancer of a much larger and more pernicious nature. Thankfully, possible cures for Corruption are now also being developed in a growing number of countries across the industrialized and developing world. (by Ronald U. Mendoza)


The annual SWS survey review

Posted: 2012-01-21
Category: Opinion

inquirer-opinion.jpgBy Mr. Mahar Mangahas
This was an article posted via Inquirer News

Mr. Mahar Mangahas summarizes the SWS Survey of 2011.