Marites Tiongco

Dr. Marites M. Tiongco is currently an Associate Professor and Dean of the School of Economics at the De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines. She served as Dean of the School of Economics from May 2015 to September 2021. She received her Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics and a B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from the University of the Philippines Los Baños. Her research work focus on human capital development including gender issues, poverty and inequality, job mismatch and labor market outcomes, and on the economics of agricultural development with emphasis on critical natural resources and policy issues as they affect food security, food and water safety along the value chain, market access of smallholder crop and livestock producers, agricultural health and productivity, climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resilience, and environmental sustainability. She has published over 40 articles and one of her papers was a 2018 Outstanding Scientific Awardee by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST). Her passion for research that matters to society gave her the opportunity to provide technical assistance to development agencies such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank, DFID, FAO/IFAD, ADB, UNICEF, DA, DOST-PCHRD, PCC, and NEDA. Prior to joining DLSU, she served as a Research Fellow of the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division of the International Food Policy Research in Washington, D.C., USA. Her expertise in socio-economic surveys and econometric analysis of economic, food, and health security, and of crop and livestock productivity and market access for the poor has brought her to several countries in Asia (including Indonesia, India, Philippines, China, Uzbekistan and Vietnam) and across Sub-Saharan Africa (including Kenya, Ghana, Ethiopia, Mali, and Nigeria).

Fields of specialization

Poverty and inequality , Health and nutrition, Education and training


Title Country Themes
Addressing context-specific barriers to female labor force participation in decent work in the Philippines Philippines Gender & women’s empowerment
Investigating the Impact of a Conditional Cash Transfer on Reducing Incidence of Adolescent Pregnancy in the Philippines Philippines Youth and children , Financial inclusion
Promoting Entrepreneurship to Address Youth Unemployment Philippines Youth and children , Entrepreneurship
Making Social Protection Work for the Informal Sector: The Case of PhilHealth and ALKANSSSYA Program Philippines Social protection


Dr Marites Tiongco
De La Salle University

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