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Opinion: The Singapore Model of Workfare: Three Suggestions

Opinion  -  Hoon Hian Teck

In a market economy, pay and volume of joblessness are jointly determined.

Singapore's Social Support System: Two Anomalies

Opinion  -  Chua Hak Bin

The Singapore economy is rising with the tide of globalisation, but not everyone appears to be prospering equally.

Wage Inequality, Intergenerational Mobility and Education in Singapore

Article  -  Ho Kong Weng

Wage equality and intergenerational educational mobility may be in long-term decline in Singapore.

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.

Aid for Work: The Singapore and US Models in Context

Article  -  Theresa W. Devasahayam

Theresa W. Devasahayam examines Singapore’s workfare strategy in light of the US model on which it is based, and finds key points of departure that could inform policy development in future.

Growth with Equity: The Challenge of Income Distribution

Article  -  Kenneth Chan

"…the issue is not how much inequality there is, but how much opportunity there is for the individual to get out of the bottom classes and into the top."– Milton Friedman

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.

Rethinking a New Social Compact for Singapore

Article  -  Yeoh Lam Keong

To address globalisation’s unprecedented challenges, Singapore may need to rethink—and not just tweak—its social safety net.

The Nordic Social Security Model: Squaring the Circle?

Article  -  Koh Tsin Yen

The Nordic states appear to have achieved an enviable balance between strong economic growth and generous welfare provisions, but they too face new pressures from globalisation.

Security with Self-Reliance: The Argument for the Singapore Model

Article  -  Lim Xiuhui

Singapore's system of social security is based on enabling self-reliance, supported by strong family and social networks.