Edsel L. Beja Jr.
Field of award: Economics
Year awarded: 2008
Division: Social Sciences
In recognition of his significant research works and studies in the macroeconomics and political economy of developing countries, particularly the Philippines, as well as other Asian economics. He is critical of mainstream line of thinking, hence leading him to pursue issues that are practical rather than esoteric or abstract. For the past three years, Dr. Beja has worked on capital and trade flows, deepening his earlier work in Amherst, MA, where he did his graduate work. His papers on the “hidden transactions” quantify the extent to which such unrecorded transactions impinge on economic performance as well as verify that these problems as intensifying, even if the policies of international organizations are being followed. His view is that net outflow of resources from developing economies is destructive with long-term impacts.
Current Position: Professor
Office Address: Department of Economics, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City
Education: PhD (Economics), University of Massachusetts Amherst 2005; MPhil (Environment and Development), University of Cambridge 1999; MA (Economics), Ateneo de Manila University 1996; AB (Economics), Ateneo de Manila University 1992
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