Resource and Environment, Disaster, and Energy: Economic Research Laboratory at the Department of Economics

A research laboratory encourages production of research output and supports the learning process of both the faculty and students. It also has a significant role to play in raising the quality of research and at the same time in encouraging greater student engagement. While typically found in natural and physical sciences, more disciplines in social sciences are now utilizing research laboratory, which encourage not only collaborative research within their discipline but with other disciplines as well.  

To this end, the Department of Economics in the School of Social Sciences of the Ateneo de Manila University has established four research laboratories, namely: International Economics (IE), Human Resource Economics (HRE), Finance and Macro Policy Economics (FMPE), and Resource and Environment, Disaster, and Energy Economics (REDEE). The aims of these economic research laboratories are to build a critical mass of scholars working in these fields within the University and to increase production of research output. These research laboratories encourage collaborative research among the faculty and students of the department as well as researchers with the other units of the University. REDEE laboratory will be working closely with researchers in Coastal Cities at Risk in the Philippines (CCARPH) project in the conduct of research and development of learning curriculum.  

Some of the research activities that the members of the laboratory have conducted are the following:

  • Assessment of the economic and social effects of the climate change and disasters in Marikina, Pasig and Valenzuela cities in Metro Manila and Naga and Iloilo cities from 2015 to the present;
  • Training of academics, graduate students and city planners in Naga and Iloilo cities on the use of computable general equilibrium methodology in assessing climate change and disasters from February to May 2021; 
  • Assessment of effects of climate change on social capital and economic vulnerability of fishing households in Laguna de Bay;
  • Studies on local government risk management strategies to natural disasters in the Philippines; and
  • Study on Impact of Extreme Rainfall Days on the Welfare of Households in the Formal and Informal Sectors.

Dr. Majah-Leah Ravago, Associate Professor in the Department of Economics of Ateneo de Manila University, was one of the major advocates for the research laboratory

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