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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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Demystifying the Rising Poverty Rate

Demystifying the Rising Poverty Rate

(p.279) 38 Demystifying the Rising Poverty Rate
Fixing Inequality in Hong Kong

Yue Chim Richard Wong

Hong Kong University Press

The widespread perception of a spectacular rise in poverty rates in the past decade or so is not substantiated. The evidence shows that the economically active household poverty rate has risen modestly, not phenomenally, since 1985. The government’s recurrent cash transfer has done a reasonable job in keeping the poverty rate within bounds. It might have inadvertently provided incentives for more people to drop out of the labor force and thereby created some of the poverty that society is trying to alleviate.

Keywords:   Poverty rate, Low-Income Working Family Allowance, Elderly poor

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