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Fixing Inequality in Hong Kong$
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Yue Chim Richard Wong

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9789888390625

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888390625.001.0001

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Education, Divorce, and Household Income Inequality in Hong Kong

Education, Divorce, and Household Income Inequality in Hong Kong

(p.110) 13 Education, Divorce, and Household Income Inequality in Hong Kong
Fixing Inequality in Hong Kong

Yue Chim Richard Wong

Hong Kong University Press

Education is the most important determinant of income dispersion among individuals and, indirectly, among households. Government policy should place human capital investment at the center of its strategy to reduce poverty and enhance inter- generational mobility. Rising divorce rates should be given far more attention as a growing source of poverty that impedes intergenerational mobility. Investing in the children of poor and broken families is the best policy to reduce long-term income inequality. Society should provide additional subsidies and support to students from these families as an investment in their human capital, especially during their early childhood. Students with ability should be offered scholarships to study in the best schools. The government does not have to fund everything, but it should take the lead to encourage private contributions for this purpose.

Keywords:   Housing, Education, Divorce, Household income, Inequality

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