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Poverty in the Midst of Affluence: How Hong Kong Mismanaged Its Prosperity

Leo F. Goodstadt


Hong Kong is among the richest cities in the world. Yet over the past 15 years, living conditions for the average family have deteriorated despite a robust economy, ample budget surpluses and record labour productivity. Successive governments have been reluctant to invest in services for the elderly, the disabled, the long-term sick, and the poor, while education has become more elitist. The political system has helped to entrench a mistaken consensus that social spending is a threat to financial stability and economic prosperity. This trenchant attack on government mismanagement traces how of ... More

Keywords: Hong Kong, Poverty, Social welfare, Comprehensive Social Security Assistance, Healthcare, Education, Housing, Government policy, Legislation, Social inequality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9789888208210
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888208210.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leo F. Goodstadt, author