Source Code Review Timeline Tells True Tale by Synthesist

Paraphrasing Nelson Celis of AES Watch, the Inquirer wrote on May 29, 2013 that Comelec failed to do source code review. The original article can be read by clicking the link above or the image below. On Thursday, May 30, 2013, I posted comments to the news report online at Inquirer Interactive. As of today’s [...]

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Internal Tampering Critique by Prof Azurin Unsupported by Data

Prof Rene Azurin’s criticism that Comelec has done internal tampering in the 2013 elections, as given in a recent BusinessWorld column, rests mainly on the work of political activist Ado Paglinawan. This report contradicts Mr Paglinawan’s conclusions. I have done analysis from the same 16 Rappler Canvass updates that yielded markedly different results. I therefore [...]

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DSGE policy tool adapted by Bangko Sentral yields biased insights 340.0

DSGE is the newest type of policy analysis tool adapted by the Bangko Sentral(BSP). It complements the existing set of econometric models it uses as aids in policy making, particularly inflation targeting. Its quite-a-mouthful and technical long name is Dynamic Stochastic General Equilibrium. As with the Corden and Neary framework that BSP analysts used in [...]

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Dutch disease raised real exchange rate and caused deindustrialization 339.0

Our leading policy technocrats are near the leading edge in taking up innovative policy analysis tools for the economy – to analyze for possible Dutch disease and for a small model that accounts for the Lucas critique. I discovered two gems from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) policy group while researching for my previous [...]

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Political Science is natural limit to a joyful journey of synthesis 337.0

Political science seems the natural limit to an enjoyable journey of synthesis that started with innovation. For an emerging market, I always believed that Government has a big role to play in catch up development. This is proven especially by the success of our neighbors in East Asia. The question is more about how to [...]

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Crises cracking globalization along the varieties of capitalism 336.0

Varieties of capitalism is a line of inquiry in political science for describing capitalism’s broad brush based on the elements that make it work. Professor July Teehankee of La Salle introduced the approach to me by recommending the Hall and Soskice book pictured below left. Other than Cuba and North Korea, most of the world [...]

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Government productivity growth also needed for inclusive development 334.0

Other than installing entrepreneurship and innovation policy for the private sector, big improvements in government productivity are also needed to achieve inclusive development. Still, if you search for “government productivity” in Google, you will not find a direct reference to the subject you have in mind. Strange for what ought to be a subject that [...]

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Innovation Policy supplies the dynamism for inclusive development 333.0

In the immediately previous post on October 4, Inclusive development needs an innovation and entrepreneurship policy, I introduced a definition of inclusive development. I argued that the two solutions suggested by static analysis and equilibrating snapshot from macroeconomics – public-private partnership focused on infrastructure as target for investment and conditional cash transfer as safety net [...]

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ASEAN maritime security is better served by Asian collective security 330.0

I think the Aquino Administration is 100% correct in visiting Japan and discussing the Spratlys after sponsoring the first ever ASEAN Maritime security meet on the West Philippine Sea in Manila. We ought to initiate discussions on ASEAN maritime security with South Korea as well which is in the same boat as Japan as far [...]

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Social Innovation Dims as Obama Abandons Stricter Air-Quality Rules 324.0

From a link to a New York Times article that I curated yesterday entitled Obama Administration Abandons Stricter Air-Quality Rules, I had a great discussion with my now US-based best friend in elementary that, in the SYNTHESiST lingua, can be stated in terms of subtext as the importance of context for social innovation to achieve [...]

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Development management and the latest in new institutional economics 320.0

According to what is already known, the Philippines is apparently unable to use new research in development management to improve governance to attain catch-up with our galloping neighbors or, alternatively, to reduce unemployment and poverty in the Philippines. Thus, in one roundtable discussion last week anticipating President Aquino’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) today, [...]

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Economic Change Must be Structural to Go Beyond Trickle Down Effects 319.0

Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima listed the “structural” reforms in the Aquino Administration’s program for economic change in a recent BusinessWorld Online article, Gov’t sets higher growth target for 2012, on June 18, 2011: The government has to pursue structural adjustments — investments in infrastructure, reforms to boost competitiveness and simplified regulations to reach the realistic [...]

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