|Arsenio M. Balisacan|
|14th Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority
Concurrently Secretary of Socio-Economic Planning
May 10, 2012
|President||Benigno Aquino III|
|Preceded by||Cayetano Paderanga, Jr.|
|Alma mater||University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of the Philippines Diliman
University of the Philippines Los Baños
Professor of Economics
Arsenio M. Balisacan is a Filipino economist and academic. He is the incumbent Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning of the Philippines and concurrently the Director-General of the Philippine National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). Prior to his appointment as socio-economic planning secretary by President Benigno S. Aquino III, he was dean of University of the Philippines School of Economics where he holds the rank of Full Professor.
Balisacan holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of the Philippines Los Baños, and a B.S. degree in Agriculture (magna cum laude) from the Mariano Marcos State University.
Balisacan served twice as Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and Research of the Department of Agriculture: 2000-2001 and 2003. He became the Philippine chief negotiator in the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agriculture Negotiations and in various bilateral agriculture negotiations.
From 2003 to 2009, Dr. Balisacan became director (chief executive) of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study & Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and president of the Human Development Network wherein he was reappointed in the same position in 2012.
Academic career 
Dr. Balisacan was an adjunct professor at Australian National University and research fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. In 1995, he received academic appointment as full professor at the University of the Philippines School of Economics.
Dean Balisacan became president of the Philippine Economic Society - the national learned society for economists in 2006. He was elected as academician to the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) of the Philippines in 2008. Balisacan is the incumbent president of the Asian Society of Agricultural Economists, serving a two-year term from 2011-2013.
Select Publications 
- Balisacan, A.M. and H. Hill (eds.), The Dynamics of Regional Development: The Philippines in East Asia. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2007.
- Balisacan, A.M. and N. Fuwa (eds.), Reasserting the Rural Development Agenda: Lessons Learned and Emerging Challenges in Asia. Singapore, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2007.
- Balisacan, A.M. and H. Hill (eds.), The Philippine Economy: Development, Policies, and Challenges. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.
- Balisacan, A.M., Poverty, Urbanization, and Development Policy: A Philippine Perspective. Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press, 1994.
- Balisacan, A.M., “MDGs in the Philippines: Setting the Poverty Scores Right and Achieving the Targets,” Philippine Review of Economics 47 (December 2010): 1-20.
- Balisacan, A.M., S. Piza, D. Mapa, C.A. Santos, and D. Odra, “The Philippine Economy and Poverty during the Global Economic Crisis,” Philippine Review of Economics 47 (June 2010): 1-37.
- Balisacan, A.M., H. Hill, and S.F. Piza, “Spatial Disparities and Development Policy in the Philippines,” in Reshaping Economic Geography in East Asia, ed. Yukon Huang and Alessandro Magnoli Bocchi. Washington, D.C.: World Bank, East Asia Companion Volume to the World Development Report 2009.
- Balisacan, A.M., H. Hill, and S.F. Piza, “Regional Development Dynamics and Decentralization in the Philippines: Ten Lessons from a ‘Fast Starter’,” ASEAN Economic Bulletin 25 (2008): 293–315.
- Balisacan, A.M. and N. Fuwa, “Going Beyond Cross-Country Averages: Growth, Inequality and Poverty Reduction in the Philippines,” World Development 32 (November 2004): 1891-1907.
- Balisacan, A.M. and N. Fuwa, “Growth, Inequality, and Politics Revisited: A Developing-Country Case”, Economics Letters 79 (April 2003): 53-58.
- Balisacan, A. and M. Ravago. 2003. “Rice Problem in the Philippines: Trends, Constraints, and Policy Imperatives” in: Transactions of the National Academy of Science and Technology Philippines. 25:221-236, NAST-DOST.
- Balisacan, A.M., E.M. Pernia, and A. Asra, “Revisiting Growth and Poverty Reduction in Indonesia: What Do Subnational Data Show?” Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies 39 (December 2003): 331–353.
- Balisacan, A.M. and E. Pernia, “The Rural Road to Poverty Reduction: Some Lessons from the Philippine Experience,” Journal of Asian and African Studies 37 (July 2002): 147-167.
- Balisacan, A.M., “Growth, Redistribution, and Poverty: Is the Philippines an Exception to the Standard Asian Story?” Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy 5 (1/2, 2000): 125-140.
- Balisacan, A.M., “Policy Reforms and Agricultural Development in the Philippines,” ASEAN Economic Bulletin 15 (April 1998): 77-89.
- Balisacan, A.M., “Anatomy of Poverty during Adjustment: The Case of the Philippines,” Economic Development and Cultural Change 44 (October 1995): 33-62.
- Balisacan, A.M., “Urban Poverty in the Philippines: Nature, Causes, and Policy Measures,” Asian Development Review 12 (1994): 117-152.
- Balisacan, A.M., “Agricultural Growth, Landlessness, Off-farm Employment, and Rural Poverty in the Philippines,” Economic Development and Cultural Change 41 (April 1993): 533-562.
- Balisacan, A.M., “Rural Poverty in the Philippines: Incidence, Determinants and Policies,” Asian Development Review 10 (1992): 125-163.
- Balisacan, A.M., and J.A. Roumasset, “Public Choice of Economic Policy: The Growth of Agricultural Protection,” Review of World Economics 123 (2, June 1987): 232-248.