Fixing Inequality in Hong Kong

Yue Chim Richard Wong

Hong Kong University Press

Fixing Inequality in Hong Kong

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Pub Date: July 2017

ISBN: 9789888390670

288 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $25.00

Pub Date: July 2017

ISBN: 9789888390625

288 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $65.00

Fixing Inequality in Hong Kong

Yue Chim Richard Wong

Hong Kong University Press

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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 Fixing Inequality in Hong Kong that universal retirement support, minimum wage, and standard hours of work are of limited effect in alleviating inequality. By comparing Hong Kong with Singapore, he points out that Hong Kong needs a new and long-term strategy on human resource policy. He recommends more investment in education, starting with early education and immigration policy reforms to attract highly educated and skilled people to join the workforce. In analyzing what causes inequality, this book ties disparate issues together into a coherent framework, such as Hong Kong's aging population, lack of investment in human capital, and family breakdowns. Rising divorce rates among low-income households have created a shortage of housing, driving rents and property prices upwards, and enlarging the wealth gap between those who own housing and those who do not, thus causing intergenerational upward mobility.

This is the third of Richard Wong's collections of articles on society and economy in Hong Kong. Diversity and Occasional Anarchy and Hong Kong Land for Hong Kong People, published by Hong Kong University Press in 2013 and 2015 respectively, discuss growing contradictions in Hong Kong's economy and current housing problems as well as their solutions.

About the Author

Yue Chim Richard Wong is professor of economics and Philip Wong Kennedy Wong Professor in political economy at the University of Hong Kong, where he has served as former deputy vice-chancellor and provost.