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  1. Gender inequality unacceptable in a genuine international city

    Posted May 07th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I am writing to express my views on gender inequality in Hong Kong and to suggest ways to help achieve equality. Compared with cities on the mainland, the problem may seem negligible ... and sometimes beating them. If Hong Kong is truly a civilised and international city, gender inequality should be unacceptable. To turn the situation round, all of us have to put in some effort. ...

  2. Financial gifts that just add to the inequality

    Posted Mar 05th 2007, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... of income inequality in recent years. That is not easily done, but the budget is one of the few mechanisms the government has to influence income redistribution. This budget adds significantly to inequality. By far the biggest beneficiaries are the upper-middle income groups, while those in the bottom 60 per cent or so get very little. This will not be a political problem for Chief Executive ...

  3. Census boss talks up hopes of boosting HK's population

    Posted Nov 10th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to perfect equality, and 1 to perfect inequality. Still, Mr Fung said, income inequality was not too bad. Taking into account social welfare payments, last year's Gini coefficient would ... Department is holding a series of exhibitions this month to mark its 40th anniversary. Three books about the department's history, and 40 years of social statistics, will be published. Mr Fung ...

  4. Mainland's income gap among Asia's highest

    Posted Aug 09th 2007, 12:00am by Tom Miller

    ... of 2004, up from 0.407 in 1993. A measurement of 0.4 on the Gini scale- which ranges from 0 (perfect equality) to 1 (perfect inequality)- indicates an alarming social wealth gap, while scores ... Tom Miller in Beijing The mainland has the highest income inequality of any developing country in Asia after conflict-riven Nepal, the Asian Development Bank said in a report released ...

  5. Census chief rejects poll claim

    Posted Feb 24th 2007, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong Delay on income index not due to ballot, he says The census chief rejected an accusation yesterday that publication of an index measuring income inequality had been delayed ... that the city has the highest disparity of income in the developed world. Wong Hung, assistant professor of social work at Chinese University, said he found it 'extremely strange' ...

  6. Resisting excess

    Posted Jun 09th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... opinion at home, his Social Charter is not a quick fix for the gross inequality that is a blot on one of the world's fastest-growing economies- though if all goes to plan, the poor ... weddings) which 'insults the poverty of the less privileged'. The way to combat endemic social inequality and poverty is not to impose controls, but to provide the right incentives to push ...

  7. Economic realities of a fast-changing world

    Posted Aug 13th 2007, 12:00am by Jonathan Power

    ... distribution. In China and India, inequality appears to be worsening. Many economists argue that a degree of rising inequality is the necessary price of fast growth. But this is a fallacy. Several East ... of the most regressive in the world, with grants aimed overwhelmingly at middle-class students. Brazil must also radically reform its tax, pension and social security systems. Not least, it must ...

  8. Warning as income gap widens

    Posted Jun 19th 2007, 12:00am by Audrey Parwani

    ... Further illustration was given by the latest Gini coefficient- a measure in which 0 is perfect equality and 1 is total inequality- which has risen from 0.518 to 0.533 in the same period ... could well turn into an M-shaped society,' said Wong Hung, an assistant professor in the Chinese University's social work department. But Commissioner for Census and Statistics Fung ...

  9. By Gini, the numbers point to plutocracy, Sir

    Posted Jun 20th 2007, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp 'Speaking at a press briefing today, the Commissioner for Census and Statistics, Mr Fung Hing-wang, said that with the significant changes in the social, demographic and economic structure of Hong Kong in recent years, the study on income distribution had become highly complex and would require careful interpretation.' Government press release, June 18 In case ...

  10. Halting the slide

    Posted Jun 25th 2007, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... inequality comes as no surprise. Hong Kong is heading for the Latin American level of inequality, rather than that of recently developed East Asia or old Europe- or even the US. But the data does ... over HK$40,000 a month and under HK$4,000. The international standard measure of income inequality, the Gini co-efficient- in which 0 is perfect equality and 1 is total inequality- has risen ...




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