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Ageing Repositioned: Singapore in the New Global Demography

Article  -  Sarah Harper

Singapore will soon be one of the demographically oldest countries in East Asia, as measured by the proportion of the population aged 65 and over. The median age of Singapore residents has increased over the past quarter-century, from 24.4 years in 1980 to over 35 today. This has been fuelled by a fall in Singapore’s Total Fertility Rate, which now stands at 1.24 per resident female, one of the lowest in the world.

Workfare: The Fourth Pillar of Social Security in Singapore

Article  -  Jacqueline Poh

Singapore’s latest labour policy is more than a wage supplement scheme—it is a bold new addition to the social safety net in today’s volatile economic environment.

The Global Talent War: Why Singapore Needs to Get Serious About Branding Itself

Article  -  Ng Siew Kiang

Singapore has what it takes to be a global talent magnet: now it needs to make its case clearly, argues Ng Siew Kiang from Contact Singapore.

Policymaking for Real People

Review  -  Tan Yeling

An understanding of how human biases affect economic decision-making can significantly improve the design of public policy. A new book authored by Singapore’s policymakers explains.

The Growth of Asian Cities

Article  -  Bindu N. Lohani

As the main economic engines of growth, Asian cities are increasingly challenged to ensure sustainability while reaping the benefits of urbanisation.

How the Creative Economy Is Making Where to Live the Most Important Decision of Your Life

Review  -  Cai Shan

Review of Richard Florida's Who's Your City?

Making Workfare Work: The US Experience — Interview with Lawrence M. Mead

Interview  -  Theresa W. Devasahayam

New York University’s Professor Lawrence M. Mead discusses workfare and income inequality in light of the US experience after a decade of welfare reform.

The Age of Big Data

Article  -  Cheryl Chung

Data-driven activities and smart systems could power a quantum leap in productivity and innovation.

Population Ageing Requires Adaptive Responses, Not Just Technical Ones

Opinion  -  Melinda Elias, Donald Low

Beyond increased public spending, Singapore’s ageing population should prompt a deep rethinking about the structures, risks and values underpinning our healthcare system.

Uniquely Singapore, Uniquely CPF

Article  -  Laura Lim, Eng Soon Khai, Heidi Chan

Singapore’s pragmatic approach to social security has led to the development of a unique system that does not readily adhere to international benchmarks.