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A study addressing structural transformation in the Philippines is carried out by Tehmina Khan and Hans Lofgren (Senior Economist, DECPG). The study integrates MAMS-based simulations and product-space analysis. Completion is expected in 2013. It will be provide input to a broader report on the Philippine economy on competitiveness, jobs, fiscal issues, and inequality, prepared Rogier van den Brink of the World Bank’s Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Unit in the East Asia and Pacific region (EASPR).

As part of the project “Strengthening Macroeconomic and Social Policy Coherence through Integrated Macro-Micro Modelling,” the Development Policy and Analysis Division (DPAD) of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA) is undertaking an activity in the Philippines that (a) strengthens capacity in integrated (MAMS-based) CGE and micro-simulation modeling; and (b) applies this approach to policy analysis related to MDGs and human development. The project draws on MAMS materials developed by the World Bank. In this activity, the national counterparts of DPAD are the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). Support is provided by UNDP in the Philippines. Expected completion is in 2013.

Briones, Roehlano M., Francis Quimba, Jonathan B. Bungcayao, Joseph B. Paglingayen, Ivee Libunao and Myrna B. Asuncion. 2011. Country Study: Assessing Development Strategies to Achieve the MDGs in the Republic of the Philippines. United Nations Department for Social and Economic Affairs, March. A Social Accounting Matrix (SAM) for the Philippines was built as part of the study. This study of the Philippines is part of the broader project Realizing the Millennium Development Goals through Socially Inclusive Macroeconomic Policies, carried out by the Development Policy and Analysis Division (DPAD) of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA) together with the UNDP, the World Bank, and country teams and related institutions, in the case of the Philippines, Philippine Institute for Development Studies and National Economic and Development Authority.

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