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Inequality in Singapore


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Income inequality has become a global phenomenon. Rapid technological advancement and an expanding global workforce will continue to place huge pressure on wages all over the world, including Singapore. This edited volume is the product of the robust exchanges that took place in a series of closed-door discussions (CDDs) on inequality that the Institute of Policy Studies organised in the first half of 2012. The essays provide a range of views on the multi-faceted nature of inequality in Singapore, discuss candidly the specific challenges we face, and offer some policy recommendations.

Sample Chapter(s)
Chapter 1: Introduction (332 KB)


  • Introduction:
    • Is Life Getting Better in Singapore?: Issues on Social Inequality
  • Inclusive Growth:
    • Growing Inclusivity, Addressing Labor Market Shortfalls and Enhancing International Competitiveness
  • Education and Social Mobility:
    • Education and Intergenerational Mobility
  • Retirement Funding and Adequacy:
    • Retirement Funding Adequacy in Singapore
  • Foreign Talent and Their Impact on the Singapore Economy:
    • Impact of Foreign Workers on Economic Growth of Singapore Economy
  • Health Care and Long-term Care:
    • Health and Long-term Care for the Aging Population in Singapore
  • Housing Affordability:
    • Is Housing Still Affordable?: New Disaggregated Indicators

    About the Authors
    Dr. Faizal Bin Yahya is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS. He was formerly a Faculty member at the South Asian Studies Programme, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences at NUS. He was also a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. He has published three books and more than thirty peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Prior to joining NUS, he was in the International Environment and Policy Department at the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources. He had also served as a Foreign Service Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    ISBN: 9789814623834
    Format: Paperback
    Pages: 184pp
    Published: 2015

    ISBN: 9789814623834