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Vienna is world's 'most liveable city' – report

Sep 04, 2019 - 2:14 PM

The Austrian capital holds the top ranking for a second year in a row, followed by Melbourne, Sydney, and Osaka

Paris, Singapore, Hong Kong rank as world's priciest cities

Mar 20, 2019 - 10:25 AM

Paris climbs to the top of the 'World's Priciest Cities' list, tying first with both Singapore and Hong Kong

DOJ: PH drop in democracy index ‘should not bother us’

Jan 10, 2019 - 6:21 PM

Guevarra says the legal actions against members of the opposition are not 'undemocratic in any way'

NOT BOTHERED. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the report on Philippines dropping to spots in the 2018 democracy index "should not bother us at all." Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Women, women, women in economics: Where are you?

Oct 31, 2018 - 11:00 AM

We need to eliminate barriers to women in economics from entry level to leadership roles

Vienna topples Melbourne in 'most liveable city' ranking

Aug 14, 2018 - 12:43 PM

It is the first time a European metropolis has topped the annual chart compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit which identifies the best urban playgrounds to live and work in

VIENNA. Austria's Vienna at sunset. File photo from Shutterstock

June 2018 inflation may hit as high as 5.1% – BSP economists

Jun 29, 2018 - 5:55 PM

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas says the elevated prices of rice, some agricultural goods, and liquefied petroleum gas may have pushed inflation upward

Quality of PH democracy 'adversely affected' under Duterte – report

Feb 01, 2018 - 11:04 AM

The Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index 2017 also says President Rodrigo Duterte's continued attacks on media have worsened the press freedom situation in the Philippines

Manila one of the least safe cities globally – Safe Cities Index

Oct 19, 2017 - 1:38 PM

Manila ranked number 55 out of 60 major cities in the 2017 edition of the Safe Cities Index

CITYSCAPE. This general view shows informal settlers' homes (foreground) dwarfed by high-rise buildings in the background near the port of Manila on August 20, 2014. Ted Aljibe/AFP

How much does a Big Mac cost in ASEAN countries?

Apr 27, 2017 - 6:14 PM

Aside from being a global favorite the staple fast food item is a tool used to measure the purchasing power of a country’s currency

TASTY. The Economist's Big Mac Index uses the tasty McDonald's staple to measure the value of different currencies.

Microfinance loans hit P11.3B in 2015 – BSP

May 17, 2016 - 5:40 PM

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas cites better coordination among banks government agencies and the private sector for the surge in microfinance loans

Trump presidency a major global risk – research group

Mar 17, 2016 - 2:39 PM

The prospect of Donald Trump winning the US presidency represents a global threat on a par with jihadist militancy destabilizing the world economy the Economist Intelligence Unit says

'GLOBAL RISK' Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a town hall at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida, USA, March 14, 2016. Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Global volatility shaking up worldwide living costs – survey

Mar 10, 2016 - 9:35 PM

Singapore remains the most expensive city in the world followed by Zurich and Hong Kong tied at second

epa05202294 A general view of the financial district seen from across the Marina Bay in Singapore, 09 March 2016. EPA/WALLACE WOON

Balisacan's challenge: Can he fight vested interests?

Jan 27, 2016 - 8:30 AM

As chairman of the new Philippine Competition Commission Balisacan has to guard against predatory tactics by large companies and fend off entrenched special interests

Melbourne keeps crown as world's most liveable city

Aug 19, 2015 - 12:22 PM

Melbourne comes out on top of the annual Liveability Ranking study of 140 cities for the 5th year

FAST FACTS: Singapore world records

Aug 04, 2015 - 3:45 PM

Here are some of the many accolades that Singapore has earned through the years

GATEWAY. Singapore is a gateway of European investors and tourists to ASEAN, which the Philippines is part of. File photo by Rappler

Jakarta is at bottom of ‘Safe Cities Index 2015'

Jan 28, 2015 - 8:53 PM

Which one is the safest? The world’s most populous city – Tokyo

NOT SAFE? Jakarta was the least safe among 50 cities covered, below Tehran. Photo by EPA

Aquino in Singapore to encourage PH investments

Nov 18, 2014 - 12:39 PM

President Benigno Aquino III is the keynote speaker at The Economist s Gala Dinner

OFF TO SINGAPORE. President Benigno Aquino III is in Singapore to ecnourage businessmen to invest in the Philippines. Malacanang Photo Bureau

Theory meets reality: Transforming into a modern ASEAN economy

Nov 10, 2014 - 3:37 PM

14th Young Economists’ Convention YEC Series provides a stimulating venue for young economists to enrich their economic understanding and leadership potential grooming them to be socially responsible

Afghanistan celebrates largely peaceful run-off vote

Jun 14, 2014 - 8:46 PM

The poll will decide whether former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah or ex World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani leads the country into a new era of declining international military and civilian assistance


Rice 'app' saves flooded farms

May 28, 2014 - 3:31 PM

Through climate smart varieties a scientist says rice will be the entry point to escape from poverty

FARMERS' LOSSES. Agricultural workers lose crops and income due to extreme weather brought about by climate change. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

We need to pull together to save oceans – Kerry

Feb 26, 2014 - 1:06 PM

Kerry: We don t yet have the political consensus or the urgency translated into political action

GREAT BARRIER REEF. An undated handout photo received from Australian Institute of Marine Science on October 2, 2012 shows bleaching on a coral reef at Halfway Island in Australia's Great Barrier Reef.Photo by RAY BERKELMANS/AFP/AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF MARINE SCIENCE

The Internet, beauty, and obscured perceptions

Jun 20, 2013 - 4:06 PM

Perception sadly is wholly dependent on how information that makes a claim possible is represented and spread online

Filipinos are world's biggest gin drinkers

Jun 18, 2013 - 4:48 PM

An average Filipino consumes 1 4 liters of gin every year largely due to the effective marketing and distribution of Ginebra San Miguel

LEADER. Filipinos rank number one in gin consumption in 2012 according to a report by The Economist. Photo from Ginebra San Miguel website

Economists expect Philippines to grow slower than 6.4% in Q2

Aug 26, 2012 - 11:04 AM

Local economists expect slower growth in the 2nd quarter citing these key factors exports public spending and remittances

Sotto's staff admits plagiarizing blogger

Aug 16, 2012 - 10:02 PM

Senator Vicente Tito Sotto III s chief of staff admits that the senator s writers copied parts of his speech from an American blogger

Blogger confirms Sotto 'plagiarism'

Aug 16, 2012 - 2:19 PM

But the blogger says she s not mad at Senator Vicente Sotto III – more amused than anything with his sobbing during the speech and all

No spike in gas prices for the rest of 2012, say economists

Jun 20, 2012 - 8:54 PM

Oil prices are not expected to drastically rise the way they did at the start of the year say economists who credit a slower global recovery and a less import dependent United States

Inside Manila's big tobacco expo

Mar 17, 2012 - 6:54 PM

At least 1 in 4 Filipinos or 28 3 of the population aged 15 years old and over smoke tobacco

PACKED. Tobacco industry players from all over the globe swarmed on Manila for one of the biggest tobacco expositions in Asia in 2012.