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  1. Business - Economy - JAKE'S VIEW

    Shrinking workforce not all that it seems

    Posted Oct 09th 2014, 05:43am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... that it seems A shrinking workforce is expected to slow down economic growth in the city for the next five years, the latest Hang Seng Bank research shows. City, October 8 On the face of it they seem to have a case. It is becoming ever harder to squeeze more productivity gain out of this economy, either by pushing the workers harder or investing more money in their efforts, and economic growth ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Take a lesson from the West, yuan boost won't spur growth

    Posted Sep 28th 2014, 06:02am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... banks might not be enough to stave off an economic slowdown in the second half of the year. Business, September 18   How true. It's one of the basic laws of monetary theory- you can lead ... very easily. The point about all this where China is concerned is that the latest economic figures all point to an economic slowdown, particularly in the property market, which is mammothly ...

  3. Business - Economy - JAKE'S VIEW

    Problem of corruption lies with a state economy

    Posted Sep 30th 2014, 04:32am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... prosecutions of a Communist Party official since China's corruption crackdown began 18 months ago, a former economic planner made an appeal for free markets as he admitted he took millions ... the excerpt above and say, "That's right. That's right." It is indeed right. Corruption is a public sector phenomenon. In market-driven economic sectors there is no room for it. ...

  4. Business - Economy - JAKE'S VIEW

    No, it wouldn’t make any difference

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 10:39am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp No need to fuss as the idea of a nation state is an artificial creation and there are no economic obstacles to regional independence Why the 'yes' camp ... threatens. There are no economic obstacles to regional independence. There can be if people want to create them but there are no natural ones. Just keep the borders open. So why such a fuss about ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Rule of law and obeying the law are two different things

    Posted Sep 21st 2014, 03:36am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... possession of more deadly weaponry, and made a full colony of a country 7,000 kilometres away after unfortunately losing its war of independence in 1857. It was then subjected to continuous economic ...

  6. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Hong Kong contractors' bid-rigging is behind rising prices

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 05:57am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... beginning of the present longer-term economic cycle. It shows private construction costs have gone up 130 per cent over the period. This is much more than the deflator for the overall economy, ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Distant central bankers drive home prices up in Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 03:56am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... for economic health, or if Americans still fool themselves after six years of the same prescription that it does them any good? There is one very good reason that we should care, ... in the hands of academics rather than professional bankers and, in typically simplistic academic thinking, they believe they can eliminate the natural economic cycle by pumping money into cyclical ...

  8. Business - Economy - JAKE'S VIEW

    Retire these amateurish efforts at pension reform

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 02:33pm by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Nelson Chow Wing-sun City, September 1 "Given that retirement protection is a highly complex subject... and have far-reaching impact on the fiscal sustainability and socio-economic ...

  9. Business - Economy - JAKE'S VIEW

    Permanent stimulus is putting China's economic health at risk

    Posted Jun 17th 2014, 04:41am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... such as railways and social housing construction. SCMP, June 14   I personally have never found any need for amphetamines but I know people who do and I recognise their effect. I recognise it in economic performance, too. Is your economy feeling a little slow? Here's a stimulant for you, and another, and another, and, yes, just watch those economic growth figures rise again. Gross domestic product ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Employers, and not just the minimum wage, distort Hong Kong labour market

    Posted Aug 10th 2014, 04:50am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... to a least a streak of courage by disputing economic matters with one of Hong Kong's most eminent economists. While driving along South Bay Road the other day I had to swerve around an old man, ... trades. This is not just a theoretical scenario. As the chart shows, since the economic bottom in 2003 real gross domestic product per employed person has far outstripped real wages. The rewards ...




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