Board Member & Research Fellow

Education and pertinent dates and degrees received:

  • Ph.D. Economics, 1990-1995, School of Economics, University of the Philippines
    Dissertation: “Competition and Collusion Among the Few: A Theory of Market Structure and Technology”
  • M.A. Economics, 1987-1989, School of Economics, University of the Philippines
  • B. S. in Commerce Major in Accounting, Magna Cum Laude,  and
  • B.A. Major in Economics, 1982-1986, De la Salle University


Present employer and position in the firm (if applicable):

  • School of Economics, University of the Philippines
  • Associate Professor & Director for Graduate Admissions and Fellowships, School of Economics, University of the Philippines (1995 to present)
  • Board Member, Center for the Advancement of Trade Integration and Facilitation Inc., (2006-present)
  • Executive Director, Society for the Advancement of Technology Management in the Philippines (1996-2006)
  • Research Associate, Philippine Center for Policy Studies (1992-1995)
  • Senior Lecturer, School of Economics, University of the Philippines (1992-1995)
  • Research Associate, Center for Advanced Philippine Studies (1989-1993)
  • Research Intern, East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA (1990-1991)


List of publications/presentations:

  • Time Release Study at the Philippine Bureau of Customs 2010 (UPECON Foundation and CATIF), submitted to the Japan International Cooperation Agency, 2010
  • “The Future of Trade in Services for Developing Countries” (with C. Findlay), in Trade and Poverty Reduction in the Asia-Pacific Region, WTO and AusAID, forthcoming
  • Expanding Trade in Business Services in ASEAN (CATIF), prepared for the ASEAN-Australian Development Cooperation Program Support Facility, 2007
  • Reforming the Compensation System in the Bureau of Customs (CATIF), prepared for the Philippine Bureau of Customs, supported by Technion Ltd. and SGS Inc., 2006
  • Harmonization and Integration of Customs Cargo Processing Policies and Practices in the ASEAN Region (SATMP), prepared for ASEAN-Australian Development Cooperation Program-Research Program Support Facility, 2006
  • The Cost of Introducing and Implementing Trade Facilitation Measures in the Philippines, prepared for OECD, 2005
  • Case Studies of Reform of Government Inspections:  Customs Inspections in the Philippines (with L. de Dios et al.), prepared for the World Bank, 2005
  • “Cargo Processing and ICT: Issues and Challenges in ASEAN Economies,” presented at the Workshop on Supply Chain Security and ICT, sponsored by the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council and Australia-Japan Research Centre, Australian National University, 23 June 2005, Nagoya, Japan
  • Modernizing Philippine Customs:  Lessons from the Asia-Pacific Region (with G. R. Tecson), submitted to Asian Development Bank, 2003
  • Measurement of the Time Required for the Release of Goods in the Republic of the Philippines (UPEcon Foundation and SATMP), submitted to Japan International Cooperation Agency, 2003
  • “International Trade in Telecoms Services” (with T. Warren) in Options for Global Trade Reform: A View from the Asia-Pacific, edited by Will Martin and Mari Pangestu. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK, 2003
  • Trade-Based Measures of Competitiveness (with E. S. de Dios), research commissioned by the Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc., 1999


Summary skills and experiences:


Dr. Abrenica is 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.