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  1. Achieving social equity to test political courage of leadership

    Posted Oct 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... employment and strengthen social services such as education, health care and public safety. The aim is to ease social inequality and narrow the wealth gaps between the rich and the poor, and urban and rural communities which have fuelled unrest across the country. The clear hope is that seeking a more rational distribution of wealth and opportunity will boost social stability and shore up ...

  2. Who really cares?

    Posted May 16th 2005, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... ratio of median household income to GDP is not a meaningful indicator for inequality of household income or standard of living'. I acknowledge that it is a far from perfect indicator. My ... a legitimate measure of income inequality. Surely, too, it is relevant to ask why, if Hong Kong's per capita GDP equals that of Germany, the median household's living space, car ownership, ...

  3. Graft is widening wealth gap: economist

    Posted Sep 20th 2005, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan Income inequality could lead to all kinds of social instability, he warns Collusion between officials and businesspeople on the mainland has created a new class of wealthy people and contributed to the widening rich-poor gap, says a prominent economist. Wu Jinglian, an outspoken economist, gave a stern warning on the state of income inequality, saying it could lead ...

  4. Bureau denies setting middle-class benchmark

    Posted Jan 21st 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... about social inequality, he said. A 2004 World Bank report said the number of people living below the poverty line had gone up despite a 10-year government campaign to lift poor people's ...

  5. Books aim to raise awareness of discrimination in society

    Posted Mar 15th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... JESSIE HUI Two bilingual books are on sale to raise awareness of inequalities in society. Kids Alike- A world of Children in Hong Kong is a book comprising children's drawings, essays by rights activists and Tsang Wing-kai's photographs. Published by Oxfam Hong Kong, it aims to arouse people's concerns about injustice and discrimination at school, in the workplace ...

  6. Economist warns of widening wealth gap

    Posted Sep 20th 2005, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... on the worsening state of income inequality, saying it could lead to 'all kinds of social instability'. Professor Wu's remarks were carried in the Study Times newspaper, a publication backed ... Minnie Chan The social conflict between the rich and poor is worsening on a daily basis Collusion between officials and businesspeople on the mainland has created a new class of wealthy ...

  7. Epicentre of inequality

    Posted May 31st 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... not be allowed. 'But Shanghai people accept this inequality. It is part of their history, before 1949, and now. The beggars will ask you for money but let you pass if you do not give any.' ...

  8. Battle of the sexes needs truce

    Posted Jul 10th 2005, 12:00am by Pulcheria Chung

    ... to your rescue: a man or woman? True and total gender equality can never be achieved. But gender inequality does not equal gender discrimination. We need to acknowledge that men and women ...

  9. Tuition takes toll on teens, says study

    Posted Oct 31st 2005, 12:00am by Lilian Goh

    ... worsen social inequalities. Well-off children would then be able to perform better in school, and improve their earning capacity in the long run. In contrast, children from low-income families, ... competitive nowadays that parents want their children to become academic stars, Professor Bray explained. However, too much private tutoring may cause social problems for young people. 'Tutoring ...

  10. Tax reform a welcome effort to address wealth gap

    Posted Sep 02nd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of living. The result has been to highlight the plight of a vast underclass of urban and rural poor struggling to make ends meet on the wrong side of a growing wealth gap. This is a recipe for social unrest that could blight China's rise as a great economic and trading power. Growing public anger at the inequality created amid the new prosperity and the clamour for tax reform cannot ...




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