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Fertility Rebound in the OECD: Insights for Singapore

Article  -  Koh Chiu Yee

Evidence suggests that helping parents to combine work and family life is key to raising fertility, but social and workplace norms may mitigate even the best intentioned policies.

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.

Phases of Singapore's Demographic Development Post World War II

Article  -  Koh Eng Chuan

An emerging phase of demographic development brings new challenges for Singapore.

Population and Policy

Interview  -  Joseph Chamie

As the former United Nations Chief Demographer, Dr Joseph Chamie is one of the world’s leading authorities on population change and movement. Speaking to Ethos, he outlined the implications of global demographic trends for public policy in Singapore and elsewhere.

Editorial Issue 1

Editorial  -  Alvin Pang

Ageing and Public Policy — A Global Perspective

Article  -  Andrew Kwok

Is there an impending ageing crisis? Two views predominate in the global discourse.

Opinion: The Real Challenges of an Ageing Population

Opinion  -  Andrew Kwok

The ageing of populations worldwide has had national governments scrambling to stave off looming economic decline and fiscal disarray.

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.

Crisis-proof Governance

Roundtable  -  Solomon Molebatsi Sekwakwa, Sabir Said Al-Harbi, Sa Bali Abas

The Ethos Roundtable brings together thought leaders and practitioners to discuss key issues of interest to the public service. In this session, three eminent participants in Singapore’s second Leaders in Governance Programme reflect on the impact of the economic crisis on their home countries, and their strategies for recovery.