Dr. Emmanuel F. Esguerra is former director-general of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). Prior to his appointment as NEDA chief, he served as deputy director-general and headed the National Development Office (NDO) for Policy and Planning. His office provided technical staff support to the NEDA Board, which is headed by the President of the Republic of the Philippines, in coordinating the formulation of national and sectoral policies, plans, and programs. The NDO also monitored macroeconomic and sectoral performance, and conducted economic and development studies on macro level plans and policies.
Esguerra is a professor of economics at the University of the Philippines School of Economics (UPSE). Labor economics, development economics, and public economics are his areas of research interest. Before joining NEDA in July 2012, Esguerra was chair of the Economics Department at UPSE. He was also the editor of the Philippine Review of Economics from 2001 to 2007 and 2008 to 2010.
Esguerra obtained his degrees (BA and MS) in economics from the University of the Philippines Diliman. He took his PhD in agricultural economics from Ohio State University and graduated in 1993. He has also done consulting work with multilateral agencies, such as the Asian Development Bank, United Nations Development Program, the International Labour Organization, and the World Bank.
Check out his publications below.
DP 2016-07 The National System of Technical Vocational Education and Training in the Philippines: Review and Reform Ideas
WP 1982-02 Philippine Employment in the 70's
CHL 36 An Analysis of the Causes and Consequences of Child Labour in the Philippines
WP 1987-03 Can the Informal Lenders be Co-opted Into Government Credit Programs?
ACPC 1996-03 Rural Credit Programs in the Philippines: Lessons and Policy Issues
UPSE DP 2004-15 Population and Poverty: The Real Score
UPSE DP 2005-05 The Economy on a Cusp: the Proposed VAT Amendments and their Larger Significance
UPSE DP 2004-09 The Deepening crisis: the Real Score on Deficits and the Public Debt
UPSE DP 1993-03 From Trader to Lender: Intelinked Contracts from a Credit Market Perspective
UPSE DP 1991-03 Screening and Loan Determination by Trader-Lenders in the Rural LDC