For this year’s meeting, the theme was “Growth, Development, and Institutions”. The choice for this theme was informed by recent empirical findings pointing to institutions as the “deep determinants” of long-term economic growth and development. The PES Board found this theme particularly relevant because it addresses key Philippine development concerns.
Departing from its usual one-day format, the 2006 Meeting was a two-day event. This was to accommodate more paper presentations and discussions on various topics on the theme. Also another first in this Meeting was the active participation of allied disciplines, such as the Philippine Statistical Association (PSA) and the Philippine Agricultural Economics Development (PAEDA). Both PSA and PAEDA organized parallel sessions relevant to the theme of the Meeting.