Mid-career and middle-aged workers’ woes: is training the solution?


Academic Views

Arthur Chia, Senior Researcher at the Centre for Work and Learning, Research and Innovation Division of the Institute for Adult Learning, Singapore University of Social Sciences, argues that it is necessary to move beyond supply-side solutions such as retraining to address the employment difficulties faced by mid-career and middle-aged workers. Mid-career and middle-aged workers are […]

March 16, 2020

Committing to supporting low-income workers


Academic Views

Irene Y.H. Ng, Associate Professor and Director of the Social Service Research Centre in the National University of Singapore, discusses ways to harness Budget 2020 for greater support of low income workers. This year’s unity budget has something for everyone. It includes immediate measures to deal with the current Covid-19 epidemic, and longer term strategies […]

March 12, 2020

An election budget and signposts for the future


Academic Views

Walid Jumblatt Abdullah, an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Global Affairs at Nanyang Technological University, discusses the politics of the 2020 Singapore Budget. ‘Will this year’s budget be a General Election Budget?’ Janadas Devan, Director of the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), posed this question to Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Heng Swee […]

March 9, 2020

Budget 2020: Less Than Meets The Eye


Academic Views

Linda Lim, Professor Emerita at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, questions whether the latest annual Budget adequately addresses the need for long-term economic transformation in Singapore. There is much to approve of in DPM Heng Swee Keat’s 2020 Budget.   First, running a budget deficit (revenues less than expenditures) is appropriate to prop up […]

February 25, 2020