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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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The Population Numbers Challenge

The Population Numbers Challenge

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(p.20) 2 The Population Numbers Challenge
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Fixing Inequality in Hong Kong
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Yue Chim Richard Wong

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888390625.003.0002

What is the most important challenge Hong Kong is facing? It is not the political elections in 2017. It is not the saturation of our landfills. It is not Hong Kong Television losing its bid for a license. Rather, it is the serious population challenge that could have consequences up to the end of this century if best policies are not adopted soon and sustained for a long period. Inaction would mean the gradual demise of Hong Kong as a world-class metropolitan center. The people of Hong Kong have not fully recognized the seriousness and urgency of this challenge. The best analogy is the classic scenario of “slowly boiling a frog in warm water.” The frog is not aware of the water warming up until it is too late to reverse its fate.

Keywords:   Birth rates, Labor force, Singapore

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