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Institutional constraints on Philippine growth


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  • Emmanuel S. de Dios

    (School of Economics, University of the Philippines)


After a review of the institutional economics literature, time- series evidence is presented to show that recent Philippine economic growth has been hindered by institutional weaknesses. In particular, variables representing political instability and corruption are seen to have significantly affected the investment ratio. A historical analysis traces the origins and persistence of these problems to deeper questions of constitutional legitimacy, unstructured rivalry among elites, and weak support for formal institutions owing to preexisting economic inequality.

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Article provided by University of the Philippines School of Economics and Philippine Economic Society in its journal Philippine Review of Economics.

Volume (Year): 48 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 (June)
Pages: 71-124

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Handle: RePEc:phs:prejrn:v:48:y:2011:i:1:p:71-124

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Keywords: growth; investment; institutions; corruption; political economy; Philippines;

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Cited by:
  1. Maureen Ane D. Rosellon & Josef T. Yap, 2010. "The Role of the Private Sector in Regional Economic Integration : a View from the Philippines," Governance Working Papers 23107, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
  2. Yap, Josef T. & Abad, Anthony R.A. & Gonzales, Kathrina G. & Rosellon, Maureen Ane D., 2012. "Unfair Trade Practices in the Philippines," Discussion Papers DP 2012-39, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
  3. Yap, Josef T. & Rosellon, Maureen Ane D., 2010. "The Role of the Private Sector in Regional Economic Integration: a View from the Philippines," Discussion Papers DP 2010-23, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
  4. Yap, Josef T. & Cuenca, Janet S. & Reyes, Celia M., 2009. "Impact of the Global Financial and Economic Crisis on the Philippines," Discussion Papers DP 2009-30, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
  5. Yap, Josef T. & Majuca, Ruperto P., 2013. "Aspirations and Challenges for Economic and Social Development in the Philippines Toward 2030," Discussion Papers DP 2013-27, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.


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