An alumnus of the University of the Philippines School of Economics and the Erasmus Mundus program European Master in Law Economics, Alfredo R. Paloyo, 29, obtained his doctoral degree with the highest distinction in the Ruhr University of Bochum (RUB), Germany.
After three years at the Ruhr Graduate School in Economics (RGS Econ), Paloyo defended his dissertation, “The Armed Forces and Society: Econometric Analyses of a Military Drawdown and Compulsory Military Service”, on January 29 of this year and graduated with the degree of Doctor rerum oeconomicarum (equivalent to a PhD), summa cum laude.
The RGS Econ is a joint program organized by RUB, the Technical University of Dortmund, the University of Duisburg–Essen, and the Rhine–Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI).
His dissertation dealt with two themes: (1) an impact analysis of the German military base realignments and closures and (2) the labor-market and human-capital effects of compulsory military service in Germany. His supervisor is Prof. Dr. Thomas K. Bauer of RUB and RWI. His previous works have been published at Defence and Peace Economics and the European Business Organization Law Review.
The 2002 (B.S., cum laude) and 2005 (M.A.) alumnus of the UPSE entered the RGS Econ in 2007 after completing the European Master in Law Economics (LL.M.), an Erasmus Mundus program of the European Commission. The EMLE was jointly awarded to Paloyo by the Erasmus University of Rotterdam (Netherlands), University of Hamburg (Germany), and the University of Bologna (Italy).
He graduated as the best student of his EMLE cohort and also earned the award for the best thesis for his work, “Minority Foreign Ownership of Filipino-Controlled Corporations: An Exploratory Study”. His thesis was supervised by Prof. Ronald J. Gilson of the Stanford Law School and Columbia University’s School of Law.
Paloyo was previously a Teaching Fellow at UPSE, an Assistant Professorial Lecturer at De La Salle University Manila, and a Research Associate at the Institute of Human Rights of the UP Law Center. Currently, he is a researcher at the RWI, evaluating the minimum-wage policy in the construction sector for Germany’s Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs.
His father, Wilfredo N. Paloyo of Camalig, Albay, and mother, María Lourdes R. Paloyo of Tuguegarao, Cagayan, are both self-employed. His brothers are Dr. Siegfredo R. Paloyo, a Clinical Associate Professor at the Philippine General Hospital and a member of the kidney transplant team of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute, and Wilfredo R. Paloyo, Jr., a Metadata Specialist for the Dow Jones Corporate Media Group in Barcelona, Spain. Both his brothers are also graduates of UP.