DR. RAFAELITA M. ALDABA, PhD
Dr. Rafaelita M. Aldaba, PhD, the newly appointed Assistant Secretary of the Philippine Department Trade and Industry, earned her undergraduate, Masters, and Doctorate degrees in Economics from the University of the Philippines, and took Advanced Studies in International Economic Policy Research at the Kiel Institute of World Economics in Germany.
Prior to her government post, she served as Senior Research Fellow and Acting Vice-President of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS). Her extensive experience as researcher, research team leader, and consultant for the Philippine government and global institutions, like the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank (WB) covers development issues in the ASEAN, with focus on regional economic integration, international trade, industrial policy, foreign direct investments, competition policy, and small and medium enterprises.
This dedicated scholar’s exhaustive body of work figures in specialized Philippine and international journals, the more recent of which include “The Impact of Trade Liberalization on Wage Skill Premium in the Philippines” (2013), a Discussion Paper for the Philippine Institute for Development Studies; “Does Trade Protection Improve Productivity?” (2012) for Economic Consequences of Globalization: Evidence from East Asia; and “Do FDI Inflows Have Positive Spillover Effects? The Case of the Philippine Manufacturing Industry” (2010) for the Philippine Journal of Development.