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  1. Don't blame the global crisis on China's one-child policy

    Posted Jun 04th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... with Tom Holland Pundits have been looking for someone to blame for the global economic slump ever since the subprime crisis first broke nearly two years ago. Misguided central bankers, lax regulators, greedy traders, conflicted ratings agencies and reckl ...

  2. Business - Property - MONITOR

    Contradictory figures fuelling China property bubble debate

    Posted Sep 25th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... housing has been built in recent years. Let's accept that China's urban population has more than doubled since 1995 from 350 million to 710 million. With an average household size of three, the growth of the urban population over the past 17 years would imply demand for at least 120 million new homes. If we also accept that the average new home boasts a floor area of 100 ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Ask yourself this morning: Is my job a load of billshut?

    Posted Sep 17th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... as 1980, the late science fiction satirist Douglas Adams imagined a planet which divided its population into three. The first group were "the brilliant leaders, the scientists, the great ... consisting of "TV producers, insurance salesmen, personnel officers, security guards, public relations executives, management consultants". This useless third of the population was packed ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Just enforcing the rules could end Hong Kong's housing 'shortage'

    Posted Oct 31st 2013, 02:52am by Tom Holland

    ... to house its entire population. tom.holland@scmp.com ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    A 15-hour work week sounds great, but we'd still want more

    Posted Sep 23rd 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... of keeping us all working," he argued. "The ruling class has figured out that a happy and productive population with free time on their hands is a mortal danger." Monitor thought ...

  7. How Togo beat China in true ranking of Olympic winners

    Posted Aug 26th 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Not surprisingly, according to that method the US team comes No1. But in reality these tables are both pretty worthless. If you think about it, China should do well in the medal rankings. With a population of 1.3 billion, or one-fifth of the world's population, all things being equal, China should win 20 per cent of the medals on offer. With 302 golds awarded, that means China should have won ...

  8. China's pension paradox: both simple and impossible

    Posted Nov 04th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... it to provide for the population's future is not only perfectly possible; it is easily affordable. What's needed is political will. Over the past few days the national pages of the South China Morning Post have been running a series of articles about the ageing of China's population, with features examining the growing number of elderly, their increasing spending power and the lack ...

  9. After health care, Beijing must tackle pension reform

    Posted May 01st 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... is just what the doctor ordered when it comes to getting the country's famously thrifty consumers to go out and spend. The idea is that if the state extends health insurance to the population ... an enormous demographic dividend. As the first chart below shows, in the 1980s China's working-age population expanded by more than 160 million people, with a further 90 million entering ...

  10. Gordon Wu's case on land use misses Hong Kong reality

    Posted Jan 23rd 2006, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... simply, that more of Hong Kong's land should be used. Sir Gordon reminded us of what we all know: that Hong Kong is an extremely crowded place. In Kowloon, the population density is more than ... together. Sir Gordon points out that with a population of 6.88 million and a total land area of 1,104 square kilometres, the overall population density for the whole territory is just 6,234 people ...




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