Cost-Push Inflation

Inflation concerns have no borders

Inflation was clearly on the mind of the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office director, Wang Guangya, during his visit to the city this week, the first since his appointment.

Friday, 17 June, 2011, 12:00am

Inflation today, risk of deflation tomorrow

Everyone is worried about rising inflation on the mainland. The concern is understandable, but it is just possible that we are afraid of the wrong thing. The real danger may not be rising prices, but a return to deflation.

24 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Experts play down threat of stagflation

Economists have played down concerns that Hong Kong may be facing stagflation as inflation gathers pace and fears of a recession in the United States grow.

23 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Simple lines leave the deflation riddle unsolved

When will it ever end? The latest consumer price index report shows prices still dropping. We have now been in deflation since May 1998; how much further do we have to go?

It is a question that many economists looking at Hong Kong have asked and, as usual for economists, there is very little agreement between them. Why not add to the disagreement? Here we go.

23 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

Time for touch of budget discipline

There ought to be a law. When the financial secretary makes his Budget speech, he always has a good deal to say about how Government should restrain expenditures and keep cost increases down.

10 Mar 2001 - 12:00am

Old bad habits disfigure price data

The monthly consumer price figures have just been released for May, and once again, things look a little gloomy on the surface, with a deflation rate on the composite index of 4.5 per cent, slightly more than in April.

24 Jun 2000 - 12:00am