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56th Annual Meeting and Conference

56th PES

Founded in 1962, the Philippine Economic Society (PES) is a nonstock, nonprofit association of economists in the Philippines. The PES seeks to attain the following objectives: (1) to foster and encourage professional and social relations among economists in the Philippines; and (2) to improve the standards of economic research and instruction in the Philippines. Over the years, the Society has served as one of the strongest networks of economists in the academe, government, and business sector. The PES continuously provides a venue for open and free discussion of a wide variety of policy issues through its conferences and fora.

The 56th PES Annual Meeting and Conference

As an integral part of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), the Philippines has two remarkably robust anchors—a booming domestic economy and a dynamic ASEAN bloc, both of which are necessary to propel the Philippines as a regional economic powerhouse.

In 2016, the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) launched the Ambisyon Natin 2040. One of its main objectives is to triple the per capita income over a period of 25 years. The Philippines, however, has yet to join the High Growth Economy Club. Membership into this club will be a truly unprecedented feat that will require a decade of 7% annual growth.

With the implementation of promising and far-reaching fiscal, monetary, and regulatory reforms, there is potential that the Philippines can sustain high growth performance by staying on the correct reform path, managing policy expectations, and learning from high growth economies. Policy spaces can be created through proper reform sequencing, heightened macroeconomic surveillance, and policy coherence and coordination.  Regional institutions within ASEAN can help mitigate adverse external shocks through robust intra-ASEAN trade, integrated domestic and regional capital market structures, and sustained policy coordination among policymakers.

It is in the above context that the 56th Annual Meeting and Conference of the Philippine Economic Society is framed with a theme on Towards a High Growth Economy in the ASEAN: Managing Expectations, Creating Policy Spaces, and Sustaining Reforms.

Post Conference Update:

More than 300 participants from the academe, government, and private sector joined the 56th Annual Meeting and Conference of the Philippine Economic Society on 08 November 2018 at the Novotel Manila. The conference theme was "Towards a High Growth Economy in the ASEAN: Managing Expectations, Creating Policy Spaces, and Sustaining Reforms." The conference featured three plenary sessions and 21 parallel sessions delving on various topics in economics and development. The keynote presentation, titled "The Philippine Economy: No Longer the East Asian Exception?," was given by Dr. Hal Hill, Professor Emeritus of the Australian National University. #PESCon2018

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    Click here to view a more detailed PES Conference Program.

    For the details on the keynote address, click here.

    PES 56 Program

    FAEA 43 Program

    Plenary Session (Keynote): Towards a High Growth Economy in the ASEAN


    Parallel Session A2: Social Mobility and Human Capital


    Parallel Session A5: Financial Economics


    Parallel Session B6: Methodological Advances in Macroeconomic Measurement, Dynamics, and Complexity


    Parallel Session C2: Where are the women in the Philippines’ high growth economy? (sponsored by Investing in Women, an initiative of the Australian Government)


    Parallel Session C5: Socio-Economic Researches in Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Sector (sponsored by DOST-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development)


    Parallel Session C7: Economic Integration


    (Disclaimer: This page only includes presentations whose authors gave the PES consent to post online their respective presentations.)

    Register Now!

    We invite you to join us at the 56th Annual Meeting and Conference of the Philippine Economic Society (PES) on 08 November 2018, to be held back-to-back with the 43rd Annual Conference of the Federation of ASEAN Economic Associations (FAEA) on 09-10 November 2018.

    How to register:

    STEP 1: Register online through this link. (The registration form is also accessible through

    STEP 2: Pay the corresponding registration fee through the following channels:

    • Bank Deposit (Please send a scanned copy of your deposit slip to
      • Account name: Philippine Economic Society, Inc.
      • Bank: BDO
      • Branch: West Avenue-Del Monte Branch
      • Account number: SA 408 009 8378


    • To avail of the early bird rate, register AND pay on or before 08 October 2018.
    • Conference fees are inclusive of a conference program/book of abstracts, conference kit, and meals.