What really matters for income growth in the Philippines: Empirical evidence from provincial data
The provincial per capita income growth in the Philippines can be considered as generally dismal in the last three decades. In trying to investigate this phenomenon, the paper applies robustness procedures to identify variables strongly correlated with provincial income growth in the Philippines. The extreme bound analysis and Bayesian averaging of classical estimates procedures are applied to fifteen determinants of income growth from a data set consisting of 74 Philippine provinces for the period 1985 to 2003. Results show that the high level of inequality is a serious obstacle to Philippine economic growth. The study also shows that the percentage of young dependents, or those aged 0 to 14 years, over the total population also hinders the provincial income growth.
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