Kristine Canales

Public Policy Program



MA Economics (University of the Philippines, 2007)

Master of Statistics (University of the Philippines, 2012)

MS Financial Econometrics (Texas A&M University, 2015)


Research Clusters: Infrastructure, Development and Sustainability Policy; Policy Process and Administration 


Research Interest:

Labor economics, regional economic development, program evaluation, political accountability


Ph.D. Expected:




Voting with their feet: Do people choose residential destinations based on naturally occurring advantages or locally provided man-made advantages of locations?



Stata, EViews, R, SPSS, GIS (ArcGIS, QGIS, GeoDa), Text Analysis.



Canales, Kristine, Cherie Maestas, Suzanne Leland, and Martha Kropf. (Forthcoming). “Are Community Amenities Substitutes for Local Public Services in Residential Choices? Revisiting the Micro-foundations of the Tiebout Sorting Model.” Behavioral Public Finance: New Approaches to Old Questions.

Canales, Kristine, Cherie Maestas, and JoEllen V. Pope. (Forthcoming). “Tweeting Blame in a Federalist System: Attributions for Disaster Response in Social Media following Hurricane Sandy.” Social Science Quarterly.

Canales, Kristine, Isabelle Nilsson, and Elizabeth Delmelle. (January 2019). “Do light rail transit investments increase employment opportunities? The case of Charlotte, North Carolina.” Regional Science Policy & Practice.

Canales, Kristine. (Dec 2014). “Effects of a Minimum Wage on Employment Outcomes: An Application of Regression Discontinuity Design.” Philippine Review of Economics.

Edita E Tan, Kristine Canales, Kevin G Cruz, Jan Carlo B Punongbayan. (November 2011). “Why Girls are Leaving Boys Behind in Schooling.” Discussion Paper, School of Economics, University of the Philippines.

Canales, Kristine. (2015). “Testing for Dynamic Convergence in the Production Costs of the Countries in the ASEAN Economics Community (AEC).” Graduate paper for M.S. in Economics.

Esguerra, Emmanuel and Kristine Canales. (2010). “Searching for the Balance between Flexibility and Workers Security: Is it Time to Reform Labor Market Policies?” Asia-Pacific papers under the Angelo King Institute (AKI) Project.

Paderanga, Cayetano W. Jr., and Kristine Canales. (Feb - Mar 2009). “External Adjustment under Increasing Integration Philippines.” Annual Philippine Economic Outlook. Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC).

Canales, Kristine and Abigail Peralta. (Work-in-progress). “Does Government Performance Rely on Electoral Accountability?” Paper presentation at the Fall 2016 Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Conference (Nov. 4, 2016).