|Arsenio M. Balisacan|
|Socioeconomic Planning Secretary of the Republic of the Philippines|
May 10, 2012
|President||Benigno S. Aquino III|
|Preceded by||Cayetano Paderanga, Jr.|
|Concurrent Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority|
|Academician, National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines|
|Alma mater||University of Hawaii at Manoa,
University of the Philippines Los Baños,
Mariano Marcos State University
|Website||http://neda.gov.ph/ and http://www.econ.upd.edu.ph/about-upse/faculty/ambalisacan/|
Arsenio M. Balisacan is a Filipino economist and academic who serves as the Philippine Socioeconomic Planning Secretary under the administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III. In that capacity, he been Director General of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) since May 10, 2012. Concurrently, he serves as Chairman of the Boards of the Philippine Statistics Authority, Philippine Institute for Development Studies, Philippine Center for Economic Development, and Public-Private Partnership Center.
Prior to his Cabinet appointment, he was Professor and Dean of School of Economics of the University of the Philippines Diliman and concurrently Executive Director of the Philippine Center for Economic Development.
A degree holder of PhD in Economics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, he has been an Academician of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) since 2008 and an Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University since 2011.
Balisacan received a B.S. degree in Agriculture from the Mariano Marcos State University in 1979, graduating magna cum laude. He then took up a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of the Philippines Los Baños, from which he graduated in 1982. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1985 
Early Career as Economist
As Balisacan wrapped up his PhD studies at the University of Hawaii Manoa, he took up a post as a research fellow at the East-West Center, staying for a year from 1985-1986. He then moved to Washington D.C. in 1986 to serve as an Economist for the World Bank.
Return to the Philippines as an Academic
He came back to the Philippines in 1987 and became an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of the Philippines Los Banos until 1988 when he moved to UP Diliman and joined the faculty of the University of the Philippines School of Economics, eventually receiving an academic appointment as full professor in 1995.
Department of Agriculture and SEARCA
From 2000 to 2001, he served as Undersecretary for Policy and Planning at the Department of Agriculture, Philippines, also serving as Officer-in-Charge at the Agricultural Credit and Policy Council. In this capacity, he served as the Philippine chief negotiator in the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agriculture Negotiations and in various bilateral agriculture negotiations. He returned to this position as Undersecretary for Policy and Planning at the Department of Agriculture for a brief stint in 2003.
In 2003, he returned to Los Baños, Laguna, this time serving as Director-Chief Executive of the intergovernmental Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) until 2009.
Balisacan became president of the Philippine Economic Society - the national learned society for economists - in 2006.
UP School of Economics
In 2010, Balisacan was appointed Dean of the School of Economics at the University of the Philippines Diliman, and as Executive Director of the Philippine Center for Economic Development. Balisacan also became president of the Asian Society of Agricultural Economists in 2011. He also became an Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University in 2011.
Balisacan held these academic posts until he was seconded from UP to the NEDA when President Aquino asked him to serve as Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning. Aquino signed his appointment papers on May 10, 2012, and was confirmed by the bicameral Committee on Appointments on February 6, 2013.
Concurrent to his role as Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning and Director-General of NEDA, he serves as Board Chairman of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies and the Philippine Center for Economic Development; Chairperson of the governing board at the Public-Private Partnership Center; and Board Chairperson at the Philippine Statistics Authority (which combines the National Statistical Coordination Board, the National Statistics Office, the Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Agricultural Statistics, and the Department of Labor and Employment's Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics.)
- 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.
- Other publications listed in RePEc (Research Papers in Economics)
- National Academy of Science and Technology Member Profile: Balisacan, Arsenio M. (Social Sciences Division), National Academy of Science and Technology, 2008, retrieved April 30, 2014
- Aquino appoints UP's Dean Balisacan as new NEDA chief, GMA News Online, May 12, 2012, retrieved April 30, 2014
- PNoy names new NEDA chief; Paderanga stepping down for health reasons, GMA News Online, May 12, 2012, retrieved April 30, 2014
- "UP School of Economics Faculty Profile: Arsenio M. Balisacan". UP School of Economics Website. UP School of Economics. Retrieved 2014-04-29.
- Bordadora, Norman (February 6, 2013), CA Confirms NEDA chief's appointment to Cabinet, Inquirer.net, retrieved April 30, 2014