​Established in 1999 on the complementary goals of its two founding institutions, the DLSU-Angelo King Institute for Economic and Business Studies (DLSU-AKIEBS)-a.k.a. DLSU-AKI-merges the Angelo King Foundation and the De La Salle University’s drive for research excellence, policy relevance, and overriding concern for poverty alleviation.

DLSU- AKI envisions itself to be an innovative and leading center for integrating economic and business studies that generate policy recommendations for government and the business community. The Institute sees itself as one of the country’s resources in its pursuit of international competitiveness, poverty alleviation, inclusive growth, human resource development, and sustainable development. The Institute also sees itself as a resource to the University in deepening the Lasallian research tradition by responding to its research thrusts and strengthening the University’s research and academic linkages with other institutions, especially those in the Asia Pacific region.  To attain its vision, the Institute strives to: provide a forum for the exchange of ideas among researchers, academics, policymakers, the private sector, and civil society on economic and business issues; build a collection of databases on individuals,  households, entrepreneurs, firms, and the Philippine economy that will be made available to faculty, and students in the conduct of their research; participate in regional research activities addressing issues and concerns on ASEAN integration; effect the diffusion of research outputs through various means including public lectures, discussion papers, and publications; and support programs and activities of students and faculty aligned with the vision of the Institute.