Economics students present papers at conferences in Japan, Indonesia

Society of Business and Economic Researchers in Tokyo, Japan

Three students from the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Arts and Letters presented a paper at the Society of Business and Economic Researchers conference held in Tokyo, Japan from January 10 to 11, 2019. Fourth year students Micholo Andrei Gabriel I. Cucio, Jaycar P. Espinosa, and Ean Dominique R. de Castro from the Department of Economics, the only undergraduate representatives at the said event, presented a paper titled “The Determinants of Public Health in the Philippines.”

The Society of Business and Economic Researchers conference aimed to bring together researchers from various disciplines in order to foster knowledge production and research. Moreover, the event was a medium for participants of diverse backgrounds and disciplines to come together and share, discuss, and potentially find solutions to current global economic issues.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Bruno S. Sergi, a professor at University of Messina, Center Associate at Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies of Harvard University, and affiliated faculty of Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science. In his keynote speech, Sergi talked about the importance of research for strategic goals of companies.

16th Economix Global Challenges in Indonesia
Ean Dominique R. De Castro and Micholo Andrei Gabriel I. Cucio were also participants in the 16th Economix Global Challenge, an international seminar and competition hosted by the Universitas Indonesia, Faculty of Business and Economics held recently at the Universitas Indonesia in Depok, Jakarta. The event brought together students from different countries to participate in its paper presentation and economic model united nations centering on the theme “The Future of Work: A
Looming Phenomenon.”

De Castro and Cucio who represented the University of Santo Tomas, presented their paper titled “The Fourth Industrial Revolution: An Economic Analysis on Employment, Inequality, and Growth in the Philippines.” The paper explained from the Philippine perspective, the opportunities, challenges, and how both the public and private sector can adapt in the changes that are happening due to the 4th industrial revolution.

The 16th Economix Global Challenges is a medium for participants of diverse backgrounds and disciplines to come together and share, discuss, and potentially find solutions to current global economic issues. Speakers were from institutions such as the Indonesian Ministry of Manpower, Toyota-Indonesia, and the World Bank. Mr. Norman Loayza, Lead Economist for the World Bank spoke about the opportunities, challenges, and how countries can adapt to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the 4th Industrial Revolution by utilizing Human Capital Development.

Made Dana M. Tangkas, from Toyota-Indonesia, explained how Indonesia’s manufacturing industry adapted to the developing times by investing in technology to maintain its lead as a leading manufacturing hub in the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) region. The delegates were also given a cultural tour around the cities of old Jakarta.

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