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About Philippine Institute for Development Studies





The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) is a government funded research institute.  The intellectual driving force of PIDS is a core of PhD scholars from top U.S., Australian, and Philippine universities, including Stanford, MIT, ANU, and Ivy League universities.  PIDS also links to other research institutes in the Philippines, including the Philippine APEC Study Centers.  Broadly stated, the goals of PIDS are:

  • To develop and implement a comprehensive and integrated research program that will provide the research materials and studies required for the formulation of national development plans and policies
  • To serve as a common link between the government and existing research institutions
  • To establish a repository for economic research information and other related activities

To fullfill its research mission, PIDS publishes a variety of studies and publicationsAll of the following are included in the Asia-Studies Full-text Online:

Policy Notes
The Policy Notes are observations/analyses written by PIDS researchers on certain policy issues.  The treatise is holistic in approach and aims to provide useful inputs for decision-making.  The Notes are circulated to the highest levels of decision-makers in the country.

Development Research News
The Development Research News is a bimonthly publication of the Institute which highlights findings and recommendations culled from PIDS-sponsored research and fora.  This newsletter also features special articles on key national and current issues as well as news on PIDS activities participated in by the staff that provide an inside look at the people within the Institute.  The main objective of the newsletter is to highlight policy-oriented but non-technical issues deemed relevant and timely.

Discussion Papers
The Discussion Papers are preliminary, unedited and unreviewed papers circulated on a limited basis for the purpose of eliciting critical comments and suggestions for refinement of the studies.  They may eventually graduate into any of the Institute's regular publication series.  The Philippine APEC Study Center Network (PASCN) also publishes discussion papers on APEC-related matters.

Economic Issue of the Day
The Economic Issue of the Day is a two-page publication which deals with concepts behind certain economic issues.  This dissemination outlet aims to define and explain, in simple and easy-to-understand terms, basic economic concepts as they relate to current and everyday economics-related matters.

Research Paper Series
The Research Paper Series are the final outputs of the research staff.  The Series is a formal publication meant to promote research, stimulate discussion and encourage the use of study results.  Studies published under this Series have been reviewed by an internal publications review committee and by external referees.  Studies are original and have not been published in any form and contain the rationale, framework, methodology, conclusions or recommendations and other relevant information.

For further information, please visit the PIDS website.