Emmanuel Esguerra is professor of Economics at the University of the Philippines School of Economics (UPSE). A member of the UPSE faculty since 1993, he was seconded to the NEDA in July 2012 where he served as deputy director-general for Policy and Planning and subsequently as director-general and secretary of Socioeconomic Planning until June 2016. Prior to his stint at NEDA, he was chair of the Department of Economics at UPSE. He was also editor of the Philippine Review of Economics, an academic journal jointly published by the UPSE and the Philippine Economic Society, in 2001–2007 and 2008–2010. He obtained his Master of Arts from the UP Diliman and his PhD from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, USA. His research interests include labor economics and development microeconomics.