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Yue Chim Richard Wong

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208654

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208654.001.0001

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Divorce, Inequality, Poverty, and the Vanishing Middle Class

Divorce, Inequality, Poverty, and the Vanishing Middle Class

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(p.99) 14 Divorce, Inequality, Poverty, and the Vanishing Middle Class
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Hong Kong Land for Hong Kong People
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Yue Chim Richard Wong

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888208654.003.0014

The high and rising divorce rate in Hong Kong is both a cause and an effect of higher housing prices and rents. It distorts the measured inequality in household incomes, leading to exaggerated alarms by the political left and social democrats about the rise of static measures of inequality, which have origins in economic globalization and China’s opening. These economic and social changes have been magnified through a public rental housing program that at best has failed to protect the relative and absolute wealth position of families without property, and at worst has created perverse incentives that have increased the divorce rate among those who are the poor.

Keywords:   Hong Kong, Housing, Housing policy, Public Housing, Politics, Social mobility, Population, Economics, Growth

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