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Fixing Inequality in Hong Kong

Yue Chim Richard Wong

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9789888390625
eISBN:
9789888390373
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888390625.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Public and Welfare

When discussing inequality and poverty in Hong Kong, scholars and politicians often focus on the failures of government policy and push for an increase in social welfare. Richard Wong argues in ... More


Education and Individual Income Inequality

Yue Chim Richard Wong

in Fixing Inequality in Hong Kong

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9789888390625
eISBN:
9789888390373
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888390625.003.0012
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Public and Welfare

The contribution of recent immigrants to income dispersion has grown slightly. This reflects the fact that their numbers have been rising over time and that they tend to have a higher proportion of ... More


‘Living Longer’: Concluding Wandering

Jeremy Tambling

in Madmen and Other Survivors: Reading Lu Xun's Fiction

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789622098244
eISBN:
9789882207158
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789622098244.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

The Misanthrope implies solitude and loneliness, and so something autobiographical, and it applies to at least two characters: the narrator; and, more obviously, Wei Lianshu, whose story is told in ... More


Policies for Addressing Near-Poverty

Yue Chim Richard Wong

in Fixing Inequality in Hong Kong

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9789888390625
eISBN:
9789888390373
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888390625.003.0010
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Public and Welfare

The primary reason for poverty is that people are unmotivated to work, whether due to poor health, poor education, poor work habits, limited opportunities to take up good jobs, or other reasons. To ... More


Education, Divorce, and Household Income Inequality in Hong Kong

Yue Chim Richard Wong

in Fixing Inequality in Hong Kong

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9789888390625
eISBN:
9789888390373
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888390625.003.0013
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Public and Welfare

Education is the most important determinant of income dispersion among individuals and, indirectly, among households. Government policy should place human capital investment at the center of its ... More


Education and Earnings of the Bottom 99%

Yue Chim Richard Wong

in Fixing Inequality in Hong Kong

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9789888390625
eISBN:
9789888390373
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888390625.003.0015
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Public and Welfare

“We are the 99%!” was the rallying cry of the short-lived Occupy Wall Street movement. It reflected concern about the finding that the share of total income enjoyed by the top 1% of earners has ... More


Why Family Savings and Investing in Children Matter to the Economy

Yue Chim Richard Wong

in Fixing Inequality in Hong Kong

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9789888390625
eISBN:
9789888390373
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888390625.003.0018
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Public and Welfare

Enhancing and protecting the family’s investment in children is central to China’s long-term economic vitality and growth and to rebalancing its economy away from investment and towards consumption. ... More


Growing up in Hong Kong before and after 1980: Housing and Divorce Matter

Yue Chim Richard Wong

in Fixing Inequality in Hong Kong

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9789888390625
eISBN:
9789888390373
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888390625.003.0021
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Public and Welfare

Hong Kong’s public housing estates are transforming into areas of growing poverty, with more divorced households. They are increasingly weak neighborhoods for motivating children to higher ... More


Divorce, Inequality, Poverty, and the Vanishing Middle Class

Yue Chim Richard Wong

in Fixing Inequality in Hong Kong

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9789888390625
eISBN:
9789888390373
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888390625.003.0022
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Public and Welfare

American scholar Charles Murray claims that class divisions have vastly expanded over the last half-century. The working classis not only experiencing stagnant wages but has almost completely lost ... More


Divorce and Dynamic Poverty

Yue Chim Richard Wong

in Fixing Inequality in Hong Kong

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9789888390625
eISBN:
9789888390373
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888390625.003.0023
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Public and Welfare

The public rental housing program had an in-built incentive that provided encouragement for unhappy couples to divorce. The high and rising divorce rate in Hong Kong is therefore both a cause and an ... More


Tackling Long-Term Budget Deficits in an Aging Society

Yue Chim Richard Wong

in Fixing Inequality in Hong Kong

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9789888390625
eISBN:
9789888390373
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888390625.003.0034
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Public and Welfare

The aging of Hong Kong’s population is a rapidly approaching, multifaceted challenge that will be around for many decades to come. Unfortunately, the public sees this problem solely as one of poverty ... More


The Challenge of Poverty, Near-Poverty, and Inequality in 21st-Century Hong Kong

Yue Chim Richard Wong

in Fixing Inequality in Hong Kong

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9789888390625
eISBN:
9789888390373
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888390625.003.0040
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Public and Welfare

The essays in this volume show that poverty, near-poverty, and inequality are multi- faceted conditions. They have coalesced into a growing economic and social condition in Hong Kong, which is also ... More


Tackling Inequality in the 21st Century

Yue Chim Richard Wong

in Fixing Inequality in Hong Kong

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9789888390625
eISBN:
9789888390373
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888390625.003.0041
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Public and Welfare

Inequality in the 21st century is not only about alleviating poverty among the low- income classes but also about preventing the middle-income classes from sinking into near-poverty. It is about ... More


Rekindling Hong Kong’s Magic

Yue Chim Richard Wong

in Fixing Inequality in Hong Kong

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9789888390625
eISBN:
9789888390373
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888390625.003.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Public and Welfare

Hong Kong’s divisive and fragmented political landscape provides the ideal condition for the proliferation of regulatory control. When the pressure on our government to spend more on housing, health ... More


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