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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Fertile ground for making Hong Kong a better place to raise a family

    Posted Oct 22nd 2013, 07:45pm by Paul Yip

    ... to achieve this Fertile ground One of the main concerns about Hong Kong's population development is the very low fertility rate of 1.28 children per woman- well below the replacement level ... fertility rate falls to one child per woman. That is certainly one of the lowest in the world; even lower than those countries, like Japan and Singapore, that have made population policy a top ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    The explosive impact of falling birth rates

    Posted Jul 18th 2013, 12:00am by MICHAEL TEITELBAUM, JAY WINTER

    ... shocked- to know that, over the past three decades, fertility rates have plummeted in many parts of the world, including China, Japan and even significant regions of India. These Asian giants have ... these trends and the demographic, political and economic consequences. Low fertility rates are by no means universal: high fertility persists in sub-Saharan Africa and in parts of the Middle East, ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Migrants can help to fill the gaps in Asia's greying societies

    Posted Sep 09th 2014, 04:50am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Helping hand for greying societies The low fertility rates and fast-ageing populations of Asia's developed economies are barely noticeable to those living in them. ... and pensions and health care for the elderly. Hong Kong, with a fertility rate of about 1.0, is even worse off; unless attitudes to childbirth and immigration change, Hongkongers will die out in 25 ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    China's excess men and the fear of cults

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 04:30am by Debasish Roy Chowdhury

    ... into disruptive group action. This has been the case in some of China's most violent phases, when female infanticide and high fertility rates created similar situations. In the past, when ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Universal pension plan would create more problems than it fixes

    Posted Sep 05th 2014, 12:39pm by JEFFREY LAM

    ... The ageing population and decades of low fertility rates will lead to a shrinking workforce after 2018; fewer people will contribute to a universal pension, if there is one. According ...

  6. Comment

    Reform, not monetary stimulus, is China's only choice to revive growth

    Posted Sep 23rd 2014, 05:58pm by ANDY XIE

    ... taxes by 1 trillion yuan (HK$1.26 trillion) or more. Value-added tax should be cut to 13 per cent, from 17 per cent, the top personal income tax rate slashed from 45 per cent to 25 per cent, ... product growth rate. The resulting bad assets are now weighing down the financial system. The periodic injection of liquidity merely allows troubled financial institutions to delay reporting bad ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China's 'new normal' of slower growth is to be welcomed

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 12:37pm by YAO YANG

    ... Yao Yang Yao Yang says the rate will remain robust over next decade amid rebalancing China's 'new normal' of slower growth to be welcomed China's economy is, at long last, undergoing a rebalancing, with growth rates having declined from more than 10 per cent before 2008 to roughly 7.5 per cent today. Is this China's "new normal", or should ...

  8. Business - Money - MACROSCOPE

    Emerging markets face a ‘tightening test’

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 10:35am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... emerging markets must prepare for a "tightening test". On Wednesday, the Fed announced new forecasts for interest rates that show a faster-than-expected pace of monetary tightening in 2015 and 2016. While the US central bank maintained its commitment to keeping rates low for "a considerable time" once it ends its asset purchases next month, it has raised the stakes ...

  9. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, September 23, 2014

    Posted Sep 23rd 2014, 04:42am by LETTERS

    ... in response to the article " Suicide: the taboo that's killing Hong Kong's elderly " (September 9). According to the article, the suicide rate of people over 65 is double any other age group. This problem will worsen as the elderly population soars in the next 20 years. I was flabbergasted by the worrying rate, as I have never thought about the stress and strain ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Beijing's new advertising law offers consumer protection

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 03:40am by SCMP Editorial

    ... products. While this is a common phenomenon the world over, advertisers on the mainland take things further. It is not unusual to see actors endorsing fertility clinics or vocational training ...




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