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From the Publisher"This is a comprehensive book on the Philippine economy. It is authoritatively written and highly relevant for policymakers. The contributors are distinguished specialists in the field. It is encouraging to note that the development constraints and challenges facing the country, through seemingly daunting, are not insurmountable. The writers point out fundamental lessons for recovering lost ground. Current and future leaders of the Philippines, and other observers of the body politic, are well advised to read this book." —Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President of the Philippines
"Australia applauds this comprehensive study of Philippine economic development produced by a distinguished group of Philippine, Australian and international scholars, with support from Australia's overseas aid program and the Philippine government. The volume has particular relevance for the country's policymakers, academics, and the business community, and will also appeal to a broader international audience with an interest in the progress of one of Australia's important neighbors." —Alexander Downer, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs
"For students of the Philippine economy, this volume is essential reading...the editors are to be congratulated in assembling an outstanding group of scholars who have produced 12 chapters of unusually high and even quality."—outheast Asian Studies
"I recommend this book as a 'must read' for decision-makers, legislators, CEOs and for anyone who would want to have an in-depth view of the Philippine economy, its performance and its prospects. More importantly, it provides a clearer understanding of the need for policies and reforms that meet the challenges of development. As we move into the 21st century, we must realize that sustaining development and reducing poverty can only be achieved through sound economic policies and actions reflecting the aspirations of ordinary Filipinos." — Fidel V. Ramos, former President of the Philippines
"The East Asian miracle, and then the devastation of the region by the financial crisis, has left all development economists with an insatiable appetite for an understanding of the entire region. This wide-ranging work, with many first-rate contributions led by two of the region's leading economists, Professor Balisacan and Hill, will satisfy that appetite with pleasure and profit for the Philippines. No serious student or policymaker can afford to ignore it." — Jagdish N. Bhagwati, Arthur Lehman Professor of Economics, Columbia University.
"The Philippines is one of the important stories of international development, too little discussed or understood outside the country. This superb volume by the people who understand the story best. Excellent economic analysis and comparative insights from Southeast Asia anchor and authoritative narrative" —Ross Garnaut, Professor of Economics, Australian National University