The new paradox of thrift: Financialisation, retirement protection, and income polarisation in Hong Kong

Kim Ming LEE, Benny Ho-pong TO, Kar Ming YU

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Abstract

The Hong Kong SAR government has always been proud of the fact that Hong Kong retains its top ranking in terms of “market freedom” according to most international rating agencies and think tanks. What the government has been much more reluctant to recognise is that, more than 15 years after the handover, Hong Kong now also tops other developed economies in terms of income inequality. The growing inequality is caused, among other things, by worsening poverty among the aged. This paper attempts to provide an updated analysis of income and wealth polarisation in Hong Kong, with a particular focus on the retirement protection policy and old-age poverty. It will examine the polarising effects of the financialisation of the Hong Kong economy. Copyright © 2014 CEFC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-24
JournalChina Perspectives
Volume2014
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01 Mar 2014

Citation

Lee, K. M., To, B. H.-p., & Yu, K. M. (2014). The new paradox of thrift: Financialisation, retirement protection, and income polarisation in Hong Kong. China Perspectives, 2014(1), 15-24.

Keywords

  • Old-age poverty
  • Pension fund capitalism
  • Financialisation
  • Asset-based welfare
  • Public housing
  • Retirement protection
  • Income polarization

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