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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Two steps that would prove Beijing is serious about reform

    Posted Dec 17th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... as rural residents. Because their documents classify them as living in another district, these migrants are limited in the employment they can get and in the pay they can expect to earn. They have ... poorly in standard educational tests, reducing their later earning power. As a result, migrants from the countryside not only earn less than their neighbours with urban registrations, they also ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    The plenum speech Xi Jinping ought to deliver (but won't)

    Posted Oct 30th 2013, 02:32am by Tom Holland

    ... of cut-price migrant labour. That has boosted industrial growth, but it has also created an underclass of migrant workers with limited rights and meagre incomes. To raise the incomes of China's poorest, we must now abolish the hukou system, ensuring that the families of all workers, wherever they were born, are given access to health care, housing, education and pension benefits ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    China's urbanisation push runs into trouble before its start

    Posted Aug 14th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... as second-class citizens as migrants in the cities. With the cost of granting an urban residence permit with full benefits reckoned at about 100,000 yuan (HK$127,000), the total cost of the programme ... have to shoulder much of the cost in the form of higher social insurance contributions on behalf of their workers. One 2010 study estimated these would push company payroll costs up by a third. ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    No need to worry about China's competitiveness

    Posted Apr 15th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... of agricultural workers to provide a cheap migrant labour force for the country's urban factories. With wages already climbing at double-digit rates, the result, fear some observers, ... of its urban workforce than by rapid gains in the productivity of its workers (see the second chart). If this improvement in productivity continues - and most observers expect ...

  5. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    Immigration and reclamation won't raise living standards

    Posted Feb 18th 2014, 04:34am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Our financial secretary wants to import more workers and create land, but Singapore's experience shows that will not make Hongkongers richer Immigration and reclamation won't raise living standards John Tsang obviously doesn't read the South China Morning Post. That's a shame, because if he did, Hong Kong's financial secretary might just save ...

  6. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    Continued yuan appreciation is no longer such a sure thing

    Posted Feb 10th 2014, 04:31am by Tom Holland

    ... eroded China's competitiveness. According to some estimates, once you factor in differences in worker productivity, the combination of yuan appreciation and domestic wage inflation has now ...

  7. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    To continue growing, China will have to work a lot smarter

    Posted Feb 07th 2014, 05:17am by Tom Holland

    ... Essentially it's what produces the growth you can't account for either by adding workers or boosting investment. Economists call it total factor productivity, or TFP. In China, very little ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    The essential financial reform Beijing cannot afford to ignore

    Posted Jan 28th 2014, 01:27am by Tom Holland

    ... of years, China's output of grain per farm-worker rose by almost 20 per cent. Incomes rose, and rural per capita consumption climbed 24 per cent. After years of lagging behind, the living ...

  9. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    Why 4 per cent annual growth will be great news for China

    Posted Oct 07th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... years: the size of the mainland's labour force, workers' skills, rural migration and changes in workers' productivity. Knowing the age profile of the population, we can be sure how ... of 18 per cent (see the first chart). The new workers will be better-educated, and so more productive, than the workers of today. But there simply won't be enough of them to sustain rapid ...

  10. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    Occupy Central is no threat to Hong Kong's economy

    Posted Nov 28th 2013, 04:17am by Tom Holland

    ... earnest types with megaphones- and legions of cops all itching to use their pepper spray. If it goes ahead next summer, for some of Hong Kong's workers, Occupy Central's plan to block ...




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