Scientist Profile


Ma. Joy V. Abrenica

Telecommunications, Outstanding Young Scientist Award (2004)

Expertise: Telecommunications, Industrial Organizations, International Trade, Economics

Dr. Ma. Joy V. Abrenica is recognized an economist and specializes in the teaching of international trade and industrial organization courses. Her research interests are in the fields of competition policy, trade in services, economic integration, and technology. She was Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies at Kobe University in Japan in 2004, a Research Fellow at the Graduate School of International Development at Nagoya University in Japan in 2001-2002, a Research Fellow at the Institute for Development and Policy Management at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom in 1997 and a Postgraduate Research Fellow at the Center for European Studies of the University of Limburg in Maastricht the Netherlands in 1996. Dr. Abrenica is also expert in the analysis of industrial organization issues and has written extensively on automotive, telecommunications, power, and transport; energy; as well as productivity issues. She has been invited to deliver her papers in numerous conferences abroad. She is also a Certified Public Accountant.


Research Scientist, School of Economics, UP Diliman, Quezon City


    • Philippine Institute of Certifed Public Accountant, Member


    • Outstanding Young Scientist Award (Economics), NAST, 2004
    • Jose Rizal Honors Society Special Award and Sixto K. Roxas Gold Medal for Excellence in Economics, DLSU, 1986
    • First in Academic Ranking AB-BSc, DLSU, 1986
    • Research Fellowship at the Graduate School of International Development, Nagoya University, Japan, 2001 N-2002 Ja
    • Research Fellowship at the Institute for Development and Policy Management, British Council, UPD and University of Manchester, 1997 Ja-Mr


    • Modernizing Philippine Customs. Issues and Challenges (with Gwendolyn R. Tecson), a Study Commissioned by the Asian Development Bank [Completed]
    • Impact on Employment of AFTA (with Emmanuel F. Esguerra), Study Commissioned by the Institute for Labor Studies, Philippine Department of Labor and Employment [Completed]
    • Policy Options to Overcome Barriers to Adoption of Cleaner Fuel for Mitigating Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Metro Manila, Philippines (with Adelardo C. Ables), Study Commissioned by the Asian Institute of Technology [Completed]
    • Philippine Competitiveness Report (with SATMP), Book-writing project commissioned by the Development Academy of the Philippines [Completed]


    • University of the Philippines, School of Economics, Diliman, Quezon City, Ph.D. in Economics, 1995
    • De La Salle University, Taft Ave., Manila, B.S. in Commerce (Major in Accounting), 1986
    • DLSU, Taft Ave., Manila, AB Major in Economics


    • Abrenica, M.J.V., Tecson, G.R., (2003) Can the people ever catch up?
    • Competitiveness, FDI and Technological Activity in East Asia (Sanjaya Lall and Shujiro Urata, eds.) International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, The World Bank, Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, UK and Massachusetts, USA
    • Abrenica, MJ.V., Warren, T., (2003) International trade in telecom services
    • Options for Global Trade Reform: A View from the Asia Pacific (Will Martin M. Pangestu eds.), Cambridge University Press; Cambridge, U.K.
    • Abrenica, M.J.V., Llanto, G.M., (2003) Services
    • The Philippine Economy: Development, Policies and Challenges, (Balisacan, A.M. and Hill, H. eds.) Ateneo de Manila University Press, Quezon City, and Oxford University Press: New York, USA
    • Abrenica, M.J.V., (2002) Linking competitiveness, productivity improvement and quality of jobs
    • Competitiveness, Productivity and Quality of Jobs: The Asian Experience, Asian Productivity Organization, Tokyo
    • Abrenica, M.J.V., (2001) Skill shortages and training needs of MNCs in the Philippines
    • Skill Shortages, Training Needs and Human Resource Development Strategies of Multinational Companies in APEC Member Economies, Center for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies, University of Newcastle and University of Wollongong;New Zealand
    • Abrenica, M.J.V., Findlay, C., (2001) The ASEAN automotive industry in China's century
    • Global Automotive: Manufacturing and Technology, World Market Research Center Ltd.
    • Abrenica, M.J.V., (2000) Designing S & T policy for the new millennium.
    • In: The Philippine Economy : Alternatives for the 21st Century (Canlas, D.B. and Shigeaki Fujisaki) Institute for Developing Economies and Japan External Trade Organization, Tokyo
    • Abrenica, M.J.V., (2000) A note on the regulatory environment in the telecommunications industry.
    • In: Emerging World Environment (Paderanga, C. Jr. ed.) UP Press, Quezon City
    • Abrenica, M.J.V, (1999) Technological convergence and competition: The telecommunications industry.
    • Studies in Governance and Regulation: The Philippines. (Canlas, D.B. and Shigeaki Fujisaki eds.) Institute for Developing Economies and Japan External Trade Organization, Tokyo, Japan Volume 23(1)
    • Abrenica, M.J.V. de Dios, E.S., (1999) The European research paradox.
    • Managing Technology for Global Competitiveness: The Philippine Experience (E. Patalinghug et al. eds.), UP Press, Quezon City
    • Abrenica, M.J.V., (1999) Is local metering necessary?
    • Economic Observer
    • Abrenica, M.J.V., (1998) The Asian Automotive Industry: Assessing the role of state and market in the age of global competition.
    • Asian Pacific Economic Literature Volume 12, No. 1
    • Abrenica, M.J.V., (1997) Labor and conglomerates: The food processing industry
    • Issues and Letters, Philippine Center for Policy Studies
    • Abrenica, M.J.V., (1994) Building the capital goods sector: An agenda for development.
    • Philippine Center for Policy Studies